Winter is almost every driver’s least favorite time of the year to be on the road. Darker days, ice, and heavy snowfall can cause severe accidents. Make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the winter weather and adverse conditions.
Allstate Winter Driving Survey
Allstate recently released a survey on how drivers feel about driving during the winter. Researchers found that 35 percent of US drivers said wet winter driving was the most stressful part of driving this time of year, and 48 percent were concerned about having to drive in these conditions.
Some other key findings in the survey:
- 92% of drivers take extra steps to prepare for winter driving conditions
- 70% say they check the weather forecast before leaving
- 71% of drivers say they’re worried about distracted drivers during the winter
- 78% keep a greater-than-usual distance between cars when driving in wet winter conditions
- The Midwest (69 percent of drivers) and Northeast (68 percent) are the areas of most concern in the US when it comes to wet winter driving
Benefits of Proper Winter Tires
If you live in an area where winter weather hits hard, you should install winter tires as soon as possible. Winter tires have silica in them; silica is an enhanced rubber compound that keeps tires flexible for better grip in cold temperatures.
Here are some of the benefits of having winter tires:
- Reduced braking distance when driving on wet, cold, or snow-covered roads.
- Braking distance improves up to 25 percent (two car lengths).
- Silica gives winter tires improved grip on wet roads.
Make sure you install winter tires in a matching set of four to maintain balance and control. Only installing two winter tires can create uneven traction, putting you at a greater risk of an accident.
Winter Driving Tips
In addition to installing winter tires, here are some other important safety tips Allstate says you should follow before hitting the road this winter:
- Systems Check – Before you leave, check that your vehicle’s headlights and brake lights work.
- Take Your Time – Leave earlier than usual for your commute or trip and take it slow.
- Be Alert – Don’t drive distracted, keep your focus on the road and the vehicles around you.
- Don’t Panic – If your vehicle encounters ice and you begin to slide or skid, stay calm and don’t brake. Instead, turn into your slide until the vehicle is back in control and straight.
- Keep an Emergency Kit – Always have an emergency kit available with winter-specific items, including non-perishable food, bottled water, and warm clothes.
Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
One of the biggest headaches of winter driving is not being prepared for it. The sooner you get your vehicle ready for winter weather, the less stress you’ll have on the road.
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