Last night’s snowstorm reminds us that safe winter driving is vital as we head into the coldest months of the year. While forecasters predicted a mild winter, today may be just a taste.
Taking precautions, being patient, and giving yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination help make certain you and your passengers arrive in one piece.
The Keating Agency offers some tips to get through the winter accident-free.
Safe Winter Driving Means Slowing Down
The Daily Jeff reports that state police in Ohio say safe winter driving starts with slowing down on the roads. Many accidents happen because people drive too fast for conditions.
Even without snow on the ground, winter roads can be slick. Whether it is stopping or taking a turn, driving too fast can lead to an accident.
Instead, troopers advise drivers to leave earlier to account for weather conditions. Arriving late still is better than not arriving at all.
In addition to slowing down, the Mining Journal recommends people take other steps for safe winter driving. These include:
- Using turn signals sooner to give drivers behind plenty of notice
- Avoiding distractions like texting or talking on the phone
- Staying alert for black ice of bridges, ramps, and overpasses
Of course, accidents happen even to careful drivers. The New Haven Register offers suggestion for how to handle an accident this winter. The first is to stay calm.
If you or another person appear injured by the accident, call 911 and request an ambulance. Even if no one seems hurt, you need to call police. Then, make certain the scene is safe. Ask the dispatcher if you should move to the shoulder or a side street, if possible. In the event of smoke or fire coming from the vehicle, move to a safe distance.
While the Keating Agency hopes you get through the winter without having an accident, we want you to be prepared. We also want you to know that we will be with you every step of the claims process.
The Keating Agency has been your local, independent insurance agency for more than 50 years and we have your best interests at heart. Give us a call.