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Driving Safety in Inclement Weather

Driving in inclement weather can be dangerous, so we would like to offer some tips that will help you and other drivers stay safer on the roads this winter. 

keep your headlights on

Keeping your headlights on at all times will not only help you to see the road more clearly, it will allow other drivers to see you from the front or rear. Check to make sure all of your headlights and tail lights are in working order, and if they are clouded, use a specified automotive headlight cleaning product to remove the grime that makes them cloudy. 

Avoid cruise control 

Most modern cars feature cruise control. This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase. To prevent loss of traction, the driver may need to reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged.

responding to a skid

Even careful drivers can experience skids. If a driver feels their car begin to skid, it’s important to not panic and follow these basic steps:

  • Continue to look and steer in the direction in which the driver wants the car to go.
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to control.

If you feel the car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Don’t panic, and avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.

Check your wipers

Wiper blades deteriorate over time and can cause streaks that may obscure your windshield. Keep them clean by wiping them with a towel or paper towel, and replace them every six months to a year. 


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