Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wild Driving

Guest written by our friend Katie Callahan

When the temperatures drop, rain and snow fall, and the winds begin to howl, it's time to practice the safest winter driving practices possible to keep you and those around you safe. Road conditions can get very dangerous in the winter, and everyone should remember they can not drive the same on these conditions as they could on a sunny summer afternoon. Remember to check the weather, set the home alarm system from before leaving, and follow all road tips for the best winter driving experience.

If the weather turns worst then you have seen it, or there are a lot of ice and snow on the road, try and push traveling off to another day or do as little driving as possible. If driving is a must, make sure your vehicle is in proper working order so that you don't have any surprises with anything not working as it should in such conditions. Antifreeze, and water solutions for the windshield are a must, and make sure to keep gas tanks at least half full.

As you are driving, adapt your speed to the conditions and be prepared to change speeds as the conditions change. Remember to keep a safe distance between you and all cars around you in case of slipping or sliding with you or a car close to you. And, of course, always keep blankets, a flash light and first aid in your car should anything ever happen to ensure you are prepared for any problem.

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