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Winter Driving Safety Tips

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More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy roads every winter.  Here are four ways to help you drive more safely.snow hazards

  1. Prepare Your Vehicle- Check your tires to see if you need to replace them or if you need snow tires. Have an ice scraper handy, keep your gas tank at least half full, make sure that the windshield wipers are in good condition and keep the windshield fluid topped off to be able to clear snow and ice from the windshield
  2. Watch the Weather by checking your local news, weather sites or internet sites to stay up to date on how the roads are.
  3. Driving Conditions- before you leave make sure to clear all the snow and ice off your car.  That includes the windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof, and trunk.  Don’t use cruise control in snowy/icy conditions.
  4. Getting Stuck or Breaking Down- The car heater can stay warm for 10 minutes every hour, but be sure that the exhaust pipe is clear of snow to stay clear of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Remember to give yourself enough time to come to a stop, wear your seat belt, have full attention to the road and being aware of changing conditions can help you drive more safely.  If you’re unsure if it is safe to drive, consider waiting until the roads improve.

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