State Farm: Winter And Holiday Driving Safety Tips

This holiday season, roads are extra busy with shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers traveling to social events to see family and friends. Add to that some bad weather and you have a recipe for distractions and possible car crashes.
It also is the season to remain vigilant about the dangers of winter driving and aggressive holiday drivers.
Remember these key winter road condition and holiday driving safety tips from from State Farm®:
  • Slow down. Bridges and overpasses freeze first, so take it slow and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction. 
  • Keep windows clear. Visibility is crucial, especially in bad weather. Turn the wipers on and crank up the defroster, if necessary. And make sure that all items are removed from the back window area. If you’re still having trouble seeing, safely pull over to the side of the road. 
  • Brake cautiously. Abrupt braking can cause lock-up and loss of steering control. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal. 
  • Resist the urge to “floor it”. If you get stuck in snow, straighten the wheels and accelerate slowly. Avoid spinning the tires. Use sand or blocks under the wheels.
  • Eliminate distractions. Put your phone away, and set the playlist and GPS before you set your sights on the road.
  • Don’t speed. Obeying speed limits keeps you safer on the roads, and not doing so has pricey consequences.
  • Buckle-up. Everyone in the car; every time. Wear your seat belt and insist that your passengers buckle-up, too. You have the power to protect others.
  • Drive sober. It’s never OK to drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that impairs driver abilities. It’s also never OK to get into a car with someone who has been drinking.
  • Stay alert. Pull over immediately to rest if you’re feeling tired.
  • Increased holiday traffic and winter road conditions can be frustrating. Keep you and your passengers safe by not responding to aggressive drivers who speed or drive too fast for conditions, tailgate, change lanes or pass improperly.
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