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When it comes to winter driving, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Driving in the winter requires preparation for hazardous conditions that can occur. It is important to learn how to better operate on the winter roads for not only the protection of yourself, but for your fellow drivers as well! Here are some essential winter driving tips to keep in mind.
Prepare Before You Drive
It is important to make sure you are ready for winter driving before you get out on the roads. Check your vehicle’s tire pressure, windshield fluid and brakes regularly to ensure they’re winter-ready. It’s also important to prepare yourself as a winter driver. The sun rises later and it gets darker earlier, making it more difficult to see hazards like black ice and snow. If you wear glasses, make sure your eyewear is up to date with the right prescription, and if you don’t, now could be a good time to double check with an eye exam. AARP members receive great offers through LensCrafters, so it’s easy and affordable to ensure you’re visually prepared.
Take It Slow
Driving in winter conditions is a much different experience than driving in other seasons. Though safety is always important, make sure you take extra precautions while driving in hazardous conditions. Make sure your car windshields are clear of any snow or ice before getting on the road. Take your time driving and move slower than you would in normal conditions, especially when approaching a stoplight or stop sign. Be patient while on the road and obey the speed limit, they are put in place for a reason! Accidents can happen to safest and most experienced drivers, especially in bad weather. If the unexpected should occur, make sure you’re protected with reliable car insurance. AARP members nationwide are eligible to receive an exclusive package of benefits (including lifetime renewability) as well as a 24/7 claim hotline with car insurance from The Hartford.
Consider enrolling in a roadside assistance service, where you can receive the security of a 24-hour emergency service in case of car trouble. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold waiting for backup. Services like AARP® Roadside Assistance from Allstate can assist you fast and when you need them the most, covering things like: towing, a battery jumpstart, flat tire change, emergency fuel service or an emergency lock out. AARP Members can save $20 off Allstate’s Premier Roadside Assistance Plan.
Find Ways to Stay Home
Snow is better enjoyed from the inside of a warm home. If you can delay your trip, wait until road conditions improve and local authorities have advised it is safer to be on the road. If you do need to go out, plan ahead, know your route and directions, ensure there are no distractions and wear your seatbelt. Keep in mind, you may be confident driving in winter weather conditions, but that does not mean other drivers on the road are. Heading out just to stock up on groceries? Consider ordering them to your doorstop with grocery delivery options such as Schwan’s, where with your AARP Membership, you can get $20 off your first order of $50.
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.