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Winter Driving Tips

While Midwestern winters can provide a nice view out the window, they also can be dangerous, especially when it comes to driving. Severe weather requires drivers to be extra cautious as they drive. To help protect yourself and stay safe as you drive this winter, use some of these tips to ensure you are a safe driver on the road.

snowed2Consider using these winter driving tips:

  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Be sure your tires are not low on air
  • Whenever possible, avoid using your parking break in snowy, cold weather
  • Drive alert; do not drive while you are fatigued
  • Increase your following distance to 8-10 seconds, allowing you more stopping time
  • Be sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition

Tips for longer trips:

  • Be sure to keep items such as a blanket, candle and matches, food, and water, in your car should you become snow-bound
  • Do not over exert yourself if you are snowbound and you are trying to push your car out of the snow
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full
  • If you slide off the road, run the engine enough to keep the chill out; otherwise, converse gasoline
  • Put a bright market on your antenna or shine a done light

The biggest tip of all: If you don’t have to go out when there is bad winter weather, stay home.