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Winter Driving Tip: Avoid Sudden Movements

December 18th, 2013  |  Insurance

Often times it is the sudden movements that we make when driving during the winter that causes many of the issues. Sudden movements not only can have a negative impact on our ability to control our vehicle, it can also catch other drivers off guard, which could lead to a negative chain reaction.

What sudden movement should we avoid?

  • Sudden stops and slamming on the breaks
  • Quick lane changes
  • Sudden changes in speed
  • Sudden changes in direction

With it darker during the winter and with poor visibility on many days, you need to give yourself as much time and space as possible to drive safely. This will give you more time to react to slippery conditions and the sudden actions of other drivers.

Winter driving can be unpredictable at times, the more steps you take to slow down and be more attentive, the better it will be for all drivers. It is important that you focus on slowing down and steering in a more gradual progression. Slow down and take corners slower and more cautious. Remember, you can get away with more mistakes during the summer when the road is dry, but not during the winter.

Avoiding sudden movements can prevent spin outs, unpredictable vehicle behaviors, skidding, and a variety of accidents and the fall out that is associated with these situations.

What do you do to adjust the way that you drive during the winter? Do you drive more cautiously? Do you drive less? Do you make a conscious effort to give yourself more space? 

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