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Spotlight on Safety: 5 Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather with cold temperatures, snow, and ice, requires drivers to take some precautions. Being proactive can save your life. This includes utilizing new safety technology, a charged battery, knowing how to react when skidding, checking your tires regularly, as well as bringing along an emergency kit, which includes necessary tools and provisions.

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s important to be prepared during this time of year, so be sure to keep an emergency kit in your car that contains such necessities as an ice pick; a snow shovel and brush; a basic tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers and a wrench
  • Finally, make sure your emergency kit contains booster cables and is well stocked with first-aid essentials and nonperishable food items, like granola and energy bars, water, warning flares and reflective triangles
  • Slick surfaces typically require a longer stopping distance, so keep a greater-than-usual distance between your car and other vehicles.

“Your tires are your main connection to the road, so be sure they are inflated properly.”