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Low Rate Car Insurance - Driving Tips for Bad Weather

As we head towards the end of the year and winter weather, it’s always a good idea to refresh ourselves, or educate ourselves for the first time, on the best way to handle extreme weather conditions when driving.

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.

When driving in heavy fog…

  • it’s best to stay towards the right side of the road.
  • Always turn on your headlights regardless of time of day and use your low beams only.
  • Keep your speed to a minimum and be careful of cars that might have stalled or that are not fully on the side of the road.
  • Be VERY careful when driving on a highway or interstate when it’s foggy. Increased speed combined with a foggy highway is a recipe for disaster. If it gets too bad, it’s much wiser to pull off to the side of the road and turn on your emergency flashers until visibility is better.
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    Low Rate Car Insurance - Should I Ever Buy Rental Car Insurance?

    Many rental car companies have a number of insurance policies they would love to have you sign off on. Under the right circumstances, one of their policies might benefit you. But what they don’t typically tell you is that you may not need one of their insurance policies if in fact you have car insurance coverage from your own company.

    Typically when you rent a car, the car insurance liability coverage you have remains in effect on the rental car, as does comprehensive and collision coverages. But before you say yes or no to rental insurance, it’s wise to double-check with your insurance agent first and find out if you would be covered and under what circumstances that coverage would be in effect. Let your agent know the company you’re renting from, the type of vehicle you’ll be driving, where you’ll be traveling (out of state?), and who will be driving the vehicle. Before you rent a car, you should understand what charges you would be responsible for if in fact you were in an accident or items were stolen from your car.

    If you happen to suffer a loss while using your rental car, and your normal car insurance policy doesn’t cover the loss, it’s possible that one of your other insurance policies may cover it. For instance, injuries may be covered by a medical insurance policy, or if your car was broken into and something was stolen, your homeowners or rental insurance policy may cover the property loss.

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