Winter Driving Tips & Resources
Winter tires are a great way to help keep you on the road when old man winter is throwing a fit. The following are just a few important things to note about using winter tires:
- Alone, winter tires are NOT enough to keep you safe on the roads during the winter. Please always use caution, stay alert, and drive according to weather and road conditions.
- “All Season” tires are NOT winter tires. Despite their name, All Season tires do not provide the same benefits as Winter tires during the cold and snowy months.
- Be sure to look for the “Snowflake inside a mountain” symbol to ensure that your tires are indeed Winter tires.
- Winter Tire Discount: If you install winter tires during the winter months (November through February) you are eligible for a small discount on your Auto Insurance for any vehicle with winter tires installed during that time period. If you plan to have winter tires installed, be sure to contact us so we can add the discount for you!
Check Weather & Road Conditions
It is always a good idea to plan ahead when driving, and this is even more true during the winter months. Check the forecast ahead of time, as well as the current and expected road conditions, plan your route accordingly, and give yourself extra time. And if possible, avoid driving during extreme weather all together.
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General Driving & Safety Tips
- Always COMPLETELY clear your vehicle of snow and ice before putting it in drive. Not only is it extremely dangerous to drive without fully clearing your vehicle, it is also illegal and can land you a ticket.
- Start your vehicle and let it run for a couple minutes before driving away, this will help with removing snow and ice, and you’ll be more comfortable behind the wheel.
- Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your ability to move while driving, as well as footwear that allows you to properly feel the gas and brake pedals.
- Pack extra warm clothes, hats, gloves, and boots for the chance you break down or end up stuck on the side of the road.
- Pack a survival kit in your vehicle, and consider adding things like blankets and a small shovel.
- Always leave extra space between you and working snow plows, and do NOT pass them.
- Always keep extra space between you and the vehicle ahead, leaving yourself ample time to react and come to a stop on slippery roads.
- Slow down and give yourself ample time to get to your destination.
Stay Safe this Winter.
Drive with Caution, Stay Alert, and be Prepared.