VRP Insurance Wants to Discuss Winter Driving Safety Tips- Part 1

As the winter months approach us, it is important to take safe and defensive driving into deeper consideration.  Winter driving can be scary, as it involves blinding snow storms, ice, black ice and slush.  These hazardous situations need to be taken seriously.  The three P’s are ways to help make winter driving safe.

Prepare for the trip

Your car needs extra preparation to make it through the winter.  Make sure that your vehicle is ready to stand up against the wicked cold months. A stalled car could literally endanger a driver’s life when it occurs in a winter storm or during extremely low temperatures. The changing of the seasons is a great time to check out what your car needs to gear up for the cold, wet, winter driving conditions.  Take your car to a mechanic to check out the following:

·        Wipers

·        Tires (tread wear, wheel alignment, and air pressure)

·        Brakes

·        Radiator and coolant system

·        Transmission

·        All fluid levels

·        Hoses, clamps and belts

Getting all of these corrected is especially crucial prior to long trips and will prepare you for a winter drive.  Make sure you visit a mechanic often to maintain your car.

Protect yourself as well as the passengers in your vehicle

  • Make sure everyone is buckled up and a child is seated properly
  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag
  • Children 12 years and younger are safer in the back seat
  • Attempt to minimize any distractions

Prevent the Possibilities 

Be ready to handle weather conditions or the likelihood of being stranded. Listed are important items and precautions for dealing with routine and emergency winter driving situations:

  • Snow/ice scrapers
  • Small shovel
  • Abrasive material (cat liter or sand)
  • Keep gas tank at least half way full (this reduces condensation, making it easier to start your vehicle on cold mornings)
  • Warning devices (flares/candles)
  • Extra gallon of anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid
  • First aid kit
  • Blanket, perishable food, water, and medicine (for long trips)
  • Flashlight
  • Small or basic tool kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Car phone, cell phone or citizen’s band radio

Be sure to read Winter Driving – Part 2. 

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December 17th, 2012 by VRP Insurance Agency