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Winter Driving Tips

When traveling during snowy conditions, give yourself plenty of time to avoid feeling rushed especially when roads are icy. It is also a good idea to let a family member know your route and estimated arrival time. 

Be sure to check your car battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers.

Keep you gas tank close to full whenever possible.

Increase you following distance enough so if you need to stop, you have plenty of time. 

Icy winter roads, heavy rain and other bad road conditions can cause your vehicle to unexpectedly skid off the road.  What to do if you lose control of your vehicle:  

  • Stay calm. If you’re car begins to skid, slowly release the gas pedal and steer into the slide. Fight the reaction to speed up or brake quickly.  

  • Take one action at a time. Focus on your speed or steering, but not at the same time. This can increase the slide further and keep you from regaining control.  

  • Gain control. Continue steering and or breaking until you regain traction or come to a complete stop.  

Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your car. Common items to include are: 

  • Flashlight & extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Snow shovel

  • Ice scraper with brush

  • Blankets

  • Non-perishable food

  • Bottled water

  • Booster cables

  • Extra clothing, like hats, boots, jackets

  • Sand/kitty litter

  • Cell phone & charger

  • Flares and triangles

It is also good time of year to confirm that your auto policy has Roadside Assistance. Roadside Assistance includes things like:

  • Towing & winching service

  • Flat tire change

  • Battery jump-start

  • Fuel delivery

  • Locksmith service

  • On-scene labor

If you are unsure or would like to get Roadside Assistance added to your policy, connect with us! 

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