As temperatures start to drop this winter season, driving may become more hazardous and can tend to be prone to more accidents. Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths each winter! If you have to drive in these conditions, here are some general tips to help keep you safe wherever your travels may take you:
- Only drive when or if necessary. Minimize your time on the road and the unpredictability the conditions lend to roadways. If there is a winter weather system coming through your area soon, prepare by stocking up on supplies beforehand. Avoiding unnecessary risk is always the best bet!
- Drive slower and avoid stopping when you can. Adjust your speed due to lower traction while on wet or icy roads. Sudden or drastic changes in speed may have adverse effects on your driving, so take your time when choosing to accelerate and decelerate. Slowly roll towards a traffic light or stop sign; you might save yourself from spinning your tires or losing control.
- Do not use Cruise Control. This is often overlooked, but don’t leave anything out of your own control when you’re dealing with slick roads!
- Be prepared if you choose to travel. Keep cold-weather gear in your car, along with food, water and an emergency kit can be huge assets if you get stuck in cold weather conditions. Keep your exhaust pipe clear of snow, ice, or mud, tie something bright to the vehicle and turn on hazard lights to increase visibility. Finally, conserve your fuel as much as possible!
Before inclement weather conditions arrive, it’s always a good idea to have your vehicle serviced and make some preparations at home. You can read our recommendations here. Make sure you schedule an appointment with our guest services department at (859) 276-3546 to ensure your vehicle is ready for any adventure you need to tackle.
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