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Important (yet overlooked) winter driving safety tips

When winter weather moves into your region, the last place you want to be is behind the wheel of your car. Unfortunately, you can expect this to happen every now and again.

As long as you know how to drive safely in winter weather, you can feel better about reaching your destination without incident.

There are many winter driving safety tips to follow, such as slowing down and leaving more distance between your vehicle and others. However, there are other points of advice that are just as important, but often overlooked. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure all your tires are properly inflated, as this can impact traction
  • Never mix tire types
  • Keep your gas tank half full (or more) so your gas line doesn't freeze
  • Never use cruise control when driving on a wet surface
  • Steer where you want your vehicle to go (in the event that it begins to skid)
  • Inspect your windshield wipers from time to time

There is no guarantee that these tips will keep you safe at all times, but they can definitely give you peace of mind.

Here's one last thing to remember: You aren't the only person on the road. So, while you're following these safety tips, other drivers may be taking unnecessary risks.

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident, your safety and health are more important than anything else. Move your car to the side of the road, call 911 and stay where you are until professional help arrives.

Once you receive treatment, you can then learn more about your legal rights and how to deal with the many insurance companies that are sure to be involved.

Source: AAA, "Winter Driving Tips," accessed Jan. 02, 2018

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