What to do while driving in a Winter Wonderland
Driving in the Winter is different than driving in the other seasons.
From icy roads to reduced visibility from snowy conditions, winter weather introduces environments in which drivers need to shift their behaviors behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 17% of vehicle crashes occur in snowy conditions.
The way we drive is a crucial role in underlining the importance of adjusting driving behaviors for winter conditions. To ensure safe Winter driving, drivers should follow the following advice:
- Drive slowly and increase following distance: Advise drivers to reduce their speed in snowy and icy conditions. Slowing down allows for better control of the vehicle and reduces the risk of skidding on icy roads.
- Stay in the middle lane: If possible, suggest that drivers drive in the middle lane. These lanes tend to be more clear and less affected by accumulated snow, which can help avoid sliding.
- Use winter tires: Agents should advise drivers to invest in a set of snow or winter tires. Unlike all-season tires, snow tires are made with a special rubber compound that keeps them flexible and soft in cold temperatures.
- Maintain weather awareness: Encourage drivers to stay informed about weather conditions and plan routes accordingly to avoid challenging weather conditions.
- Put the phone away: Agents should emphasize the importance of staying alert on the roads, especially in changing weather conditions, by putting the phone away while operating a vehicle.