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Winter Driving Safety

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 12:28 PM
Auto Insurance Erie PA + Car Insurance Erie PA

Winter is still here, in NW PA. This means winter driving!  Snow, Slush or icy roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes.


If you must travel during winter weather, preparing your car in advance, knowing the forecast and driving based on road conditions are three key ways to help you drive more safely. Following are some winter driving safety tips to help you prepare for the elements – before you face them – on the road.


        I.            Preparing Your Vehicle:

                     a.       Keep a winter driving kit in your vehicle:

                                i.      Ice scraper

                                ii.      Snow shovel

                                 iii.      Sand or road salt

                    b.      Keep windshield wipers in good condition and washer fluid full.

                    c.       Keep gas tank above ¼ tank.

      II.            Watching the Weather:

                     a.       Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations or Internet traffic and weather sites.

    III.            Driving for Winter Conditions:

                    a.       Before you leave, clear all snow off car.

                    b.      Drive with Headlights on

                    c.       Drive slower than normal, remember speed limits are for dry roads.

                   d.      Leave more distance from vehicles in front of you.

                   e.      Avoid using cruise control on icy roads, as you want as much wheel speed control as possible.

                   f.        Remember bridges and overpasses freeze first.


The HMM team wishes you and your family a safe winter! Make 2019 the year you beat the statistics.


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