Winter is literally right around the corner and some states may already be experiencing harsh weather conditions from storms. Severe weather can be quite frightening and often dangerous for those travelling by automobile. Motorists need to be aware of common safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. It’s important that motorists be extra cautious while driving in extreme or adverse weather. If involved in an accident, having a Connecticut car insurance policy will help pay the expenses related to repairs, or medical care in the case of injuries to drivers, passengers or pedestrians.
Winter hazards can be prevented
Think back to last winter. Were there any times when you nearly avoided being involved in an accident? Were there situations where you were ill prepared, or things you forgot to check or do that could have lead to serious problems? Before you get behind the wheel of a car this winter you should consider the following:
- Avoid driving while you’re fatigued
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up
- Always look and steer where you want to go, and
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle
In addition, if possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather and do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
If driving a long distance and you become snow-bound, it’s best to stay with your vehicle. It will provide temporary shelter and also makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Never try to walk in a severe storm because it’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and you may wind up becoming lost.
Watching weather reports prior to a long-distance drive gives you an indication of how safe, or dangerous it might become. Try to delay trips when extremely bad weather is expected, but if you absolutely must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
Perhaps most importantly, drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning, all become much more difficult in inclement weather. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. If you are involved in an accident, your Connecticut car insurance is designed to ease your concerns and allay your fears.