Be Prepared For Winter Driving And Other Auto Insurance Tips

Category: Auto Insurance

Slip, sliding away. You certainly don’t want to be singing the words to that Paul Simon song when you head out to work on a cold, wintry morning. Yet it’s amazing just how many people do and get into a resulting accident as a consequence of their inability to drive on ice or snow. In spite of the fact that we seem to be having another colder than average season it seems that driving in these conditions is still alien to most of us. What can you do to help as you head out to work?

Firstly, you must ensure that you car is adequately prepared. This means that you should have an auto mechanic give it the once over at the start of the season. Then, you need to ensure that you keep all the levels topped up and the tires at the correct inflation. Remember that anti-freeze is vital for engine coolant, as well as the windshield washing tank.

You might want to consider fitting winter tires. In some jurisdictions these may be mandatory at certain times of year. Also, some states say that you need to carry tire chains, so remember that if you are from out-of-state and visiting for a vacation, or to see relatives.

Is you auto insurance up-to-date? It’s unfortunate that there is a lot more risk at this time of year and you do want to be protected as well as possible in the event of an accident.

Temperatures can change quickly when storm systems roll through. Although it may just have rained, a break in the overhead cloud cover can result in the temperature dropping below zero. Even though the road may look the same – i.e. wet – black ice can form very quickly and you won’t be able to see it. If you do encounter black ice and start to slide, ease off the gas very gradually and steer in the direction that you want to travel. Even though it may be tempting, do not apply the brake as you may cause the car to slide. A couple of gentle maneuvers on the steering wheel will help until you have regained control.

Make a list right now of what you need to do to prepare for the next storm. Call your agent to talk about auto insurance. Do you have any winter driving tips you’d like to pass on to others?

Return to Blog Home