winter driving tips

25 Best Winter Driving Tips of 2018

In celebration of winter, we’ve compiled some helpful tips for driving in the winter. Be sure to always stay safe when you are behind the wheel! Here are our 25 winter driving tips:


  1. Avoid driving if the weather is too bad (if you can). It’s always better to avoid a risky situation.
  2. Allocate plenty of time to get to your destination if there is inclement weather. Speeding and rushing can be dangerous.
  3. When driving in a snowstorm, reduce your speed and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.
  4. It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car in the event you get stuck in a snowstorm. You should include: a sleeping bag, cell phone charger, non-perishable food items, water, and a flashlight.
  5. When road conditions are icy, avoid slamming on the breaks. Doing so could cause your car to spin out.
  6. Before bad weather hits, bring your car in for maintenance. Having a service check can help catch any issues your car may have. It may reduce your chance of breaking down when you are on the road.
  7. Keep a snow shovel, ice scraper, and a broom in your car. These might come in handy during a snowstorm.
  8. Check the levels of your windshield wiper fluid. People tend to run out of it more frequently during the winter.
  9. Be mindful of the gas tank. If you are running low on fuel, don’t risk it! Make sure that your car has adequate fuel to get where you are going and don’t wait too long to refill!
  10. Switch over to your snow tires sooner rather than later.
  11. Double check your tire pressure. Cold weather may make your tire pressure go down.
  12. Always make sure that all passengers in your car are wearing seat belts. Though some states do not require everyone to wear a seatbelt, it could end up saving a life.
  13. Never drive drunk. The winter is home to a joyful holiday season. If you have been drinking, do not get behind the wheel. Instead, call a friend, family member, taxi service, or ride sharing service to get you home.
  14. If road conditions are slippery or wet, do not use cruise control. It is better to handle the car yourself so you can react to a situation.
  15. Be familiar with your car’s braking system. Many cars have anti-lock brakes. Practice using your brakes in a safe environment.
  16. Check the condition of your windshield wipers. Replace them if they are wearing out.
  17. If your car is covered in snow, clean it off completely before driving. Having snow on your car could inhibit visibility. Don’t forget to clean off your headlights too.
  18. If your car begins to skid, turn your wheel in the same direction as the back end of the car. For instance, if the back end of your car is moving to the right, turn your wheel to the right. This will help prevent you from spinning out.
  19. When considering a new car purchase, take your climate into consideration All-wheel drive is a better option for snowy or icy conditions.
  20. If you decide to heat up your car  before you leave your house, avoid doing so in a closed garage. This can cause a build up of carbon monoxide and become dangerous.
  21. Similarly, if you are stranded, avoid running your car for prolonged periods of time with the windows closed. Doing so could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  22. Never pass a snowplow. Snowplows create ridges of snow that could be dangerous.
  23. If your car gets stuck in the snow, do not overexert yourself trying to get it unstuck.
  24. Practice general safe driving. Anticipate dangerous situations and do not put yourself in bad road conditions if you can help it.
  25. Call your auto insurance agent to talk about collision coverage for the winter. Your agent can help you make sure that you are prepared in the event an accident occurs on the road.


Talk to an Encharter agent today at 888.754.8299 and ask about your car insurance coverage for winter!

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