Holiday Driving Tips

With Thanksgiving right around the corner this can only mean one thing, winter is on the way. If you live around the Pennsylvania area you know how harsh our winters months can get! On tops of this I heard forecasters predicting a “harsher than normal winter” around the area but who really knows what this winter has in store for us… However, one thing is certain, driving conditions will change as the cold weather moves in and we here at Kimberley Vassal Insurance want to remind everyone of some driving tips to keep in mind! Below are 10 winter driving tips to keep in mind this holiday season, for a free P.A. auto insurance quote visit our website today

  1. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  2. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  3. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  4. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  5. Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  6. Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  7. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by an Approved Auto Repair facility.
  8. If you go into a skid, turn your wheels into the skid and accelerate slightly to regain control of your vehicle.
  9. Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles and for snow equipment. Even though snow removal vehicles have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment.
  10. Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.


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