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Low Rate Car Insurance - Driving in Extreme Weather

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rear view mirror, we drive on toward Christmas and the end of 2006. With Winter drawing near, weather across the country is slowly getting worse and harder to drive in. With that being said, we thought it a good reminder to pass on our bad weather driving tips once again.

If you’re driving on ice or snow…

  • Keep your speed steady and at a manageable rate. But don’t drive so slow that your car could get stuck in the snow.
  • When driving, always leave more distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • When slowing down or stopping, try not to brake abruptly, your brakes could potentially lock up and you could lose steering control. In a manual car, be careful about downshifting when going down hill. If you hit an ice patch when down shifting, your tires could lose their grip on the road.
  • Try and keep all windows clear and frost-free. Put a coat of silicon spray or similar on your windows to help coat them.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape as well and always carry an ice-scraper for your windows just in case.
  • If your car should break down in the snow, make sure you have an extra blanket or two in the back as well as flashlights, first aid kit, and emergency road service items.
  • If your car gets stuck in the snow, avoid accelerating too fast and keep your tires as straight as possible.
  • Be careful when crossing bridges as they ice up very easy.

When driving in the rain…

  • Play it smart. If it’s the first rain of the season, be careful as the water will mix with the oil residue on the roads making them very slick.
  • Again, leave more distance than normal between you and the car driving in front of you.
  • Allow a little more time to get to your destination because typically, traffic during rainy weather will be slower. The more rain, the slower the traffic.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape and coat your windshield with silicon.
  • Always carry an umbrella and some inexpensive plastic rain ponchos in the back of the car, which you can get at any auto store.
  • In heavy rains, or during the day when it gets darker because of cloud cover, always use your headlights. 

We hope this helps and please do your best, as you drive, to be considerate of others on the road, whether they’re reciprocating or not.

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