Snow and ice covered roads can lead to very dangerous situations.
Roads covered in the first snow of the season can be a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a seriously dangerous situation when you get behind the wheel of your car. Avoid these common mistakes when driving in snow this season to ensure you stay safe.
- Putting too much faith in your four-wheel drive. While four-wheel drive cars can help to keep you more stable on ice and snow covered roads, they do not make you invincible. Even if you have four-wheel drive, you should still drive with caution and stay at a safe speed.
- Now being properly prepared. You never know what might happen on the road. While it may not be a big deal to wait for a tow truck in warm summer weather, it can be very dangerous in the freezing winter temperatures. Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your car that includes water, food, blankets, gloves, and warm clothes.
- Getting too close the car in front of you. Many drivers, especially those who are not very experienced when it comes to driving in the snow tend to follow much to close the car in front of them. Give yourself plenty of space ahead of your vehicle so that you have time to stop and slow down if needed.
- Slamming on your brakes. When you slam on your brakes, your tires are not able to get traction, which can cause your car to slip and slide down the road. If you start to feel your tires slide on the road, ease off the gas and let your car start to slow down on its own.
For all of your auto insurance needs to ensure you have the right amount of coverage in case of any accidents on the road this winter, contact the insurance professionals at DG&M Agency in Rochester, New York.