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Winter Driving Safety Tips

snow covered highway during rush hour

Plan now for safe traveling in cold-weather climates.

If you live in a state where snow and ice are part of the winter picture – or if you plan to visit friends or family who do – follow these preventive measures from the American Automobile Association to keep your car cruising and its passengers protected.

Visit the pump

Keep your gas tank at least half full to reduce condensation buildup that can lead to gas line freezing.

Charge your battery

To start your engine in cold weather, you’ll need your battery to be in good condition and fully charged.

Check your brakes

Have a professional inspect your brakes to make sure they work properly and apply smoothly. Properly functioning brakes can prevent wheels from locking on slick surfaces.

Improve your vision

In difficult weather conditions, good visibility is essential. Change worn windshield wipers and fill your washer reservoir with a winter solvent that won't freeze.

Keep tires inflated

Under-inflated tires can be dangerous. And the air pressure in your tires will decrease 1-2 psi for every 10-degree drop in outside temperature.

Drive slowly

When roads are wet or covered with snow, accelerating, stopping and turning take longer. By driving more slowly, you’ll have more time to maneuver.

Increase your following distance

On dry pavement, your normal following distance should be about three to four seconds. But on wet or snowy roads, you’ll want to increase this time to 8-10 seconds.

A little planning can help you keep going for miles - no matter what winter throws your way.

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