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Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2011
Days are getting shorter, leaves are falling from the trees, and temperatures are plummeting winter has arrived. While most of us quickly alter our attire for ice and snow, many forget that it is just as important to change many of our habits behind the wheel. With that in mind, here are a few very important winter weather driving safety tips:
Driving a vehicle safely during winter usually means slowing down. Roads are more slippery and tires provide less grip as their rubber compound hardens in lower temperatures. This means that grip around corners will decrease and braking distances will increase. Always allow additional room to stop, especially in snowy or icy conditions.
Winter weather is also noted for reducing visibility and more hours of nighttime driving so it is essential to keep windows clear of snow and ice at all times. Before driving, scrape the windows (and roof) to prevent the snow and ice from sliding and obstructing visibility. Use the vehicle's air conditioner, with the warm defroster, to lower humidity levels and keep the glass from fogging up. To improve the ability for other drivers to see your vehicle on the road, keep the headlights on at all times.
The most important winter weather driving safety tip is to be prepared. Don't leave home without a warm jacket, mobile phone with a charging cable, and a flashlight.
Winter driving is a bit different, but doesn't have to be difficult especially if you're prepared.
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