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Winter Driving Tip: How to approach highway driving in the winter

December 11th, 2013  |  Insurance

Your highway driving experience can vary significantly based on the weather forecast, especially during the winter. The last thing that you want is get caught on the highway ill prepared to handle the road conditions. This is why it is important to be proactive and prepare your vehicle. Doing things like having a winter driving kit, snow tires, and ensuring your vehicles is prepared to handle the rigors of winter driving is essential. But, once you get on the highway, you also need to understand how to approach highway driving in the winter.

Here are some important tips to keep you safe on the highway this winter driving season:

  • Fill the tank: Before getting on the highway, make sure you have a full tank of gas and your washer fluid is topped up, especially if you are driving a long distance. Delays are common and you could be stuck on the highway for a long period of time if you get caught behind an accident.
  • Take ramps slowly: Be extra cautious on ramps when entering and exiting the highway. They are slippery and a spot where many accidents occur.
  • Add some buffer time to your trip: Expect your trip to take longer during the winter. This will reduce your level of stress and the need to speed to make up for lost time due to poor road conditions.
  • Lane change with care: Be cautious when changing lanes. Slippery roads and snow build up can lead to spin outs and drivers losing control. Only lane change when you have to.

If the forecast predicts poor weather, slow down, drive with extra care, and consider staying off the highways if possible.

How do you approach highway driving in the winter? How is it different from the way you approach driving in general? 

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