Winter driving tips

Jan 19, 2011

Driving in a winter storm is very dangerous if the proper safety precautions aren't used.

With frigid temperatures and snow on the horizon for many U.S. regions, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is providing winter safety driving tips for motorists.

The department emphasizes three key elements for drivers, which are to stay alert, slow down and stay in control. People should be sure to drive carefully and accordingly to the current road and weather conditions. Also, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front because icy roads and the misuse of brakes may lead to an accident.

Attempt to follow all traffic control devices as well as speed limit and stop signs. In addition, have the tire pressure checked before venturing out in inclement weather, as it is known to decrease in cold weather. The department recommends keeping a winter survival kit in the vehicle, which includes items like an ice scraper, tow chain, booster cables, road flares, antifreeze, flashlight and a first-aid kit.

Between the months of January and March and October and December there was a total of 15,836 fatal car accidents in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. People who risk their lives driving in a winter storm should be sure to have life insurance so their family is financially supported in case something tragic happens.

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