The new year is a time for celebrating with family and friends, but it’s also a time to be mindful on the roads. Winter weather can make driving conditions more challenging, and busier during holiday travel. Here are things to be aware of to help you stay safe this new year:
Take extra care when driving in winter weather. Be sure to slow down and allow for extra stopping distance. Use your headlights and be alert for ice and snow on the road. Speed limits are based on ideal conditions, so you should always slow down when the roads are wet, icy, or snow-covered.
Driving in the Dark
Driving in the dark can be more challenging, so be extra cautious. Winter days are shorter, so you’ll likely find yourself driving in the dark more often. Ensure your headlights are clean and functioning properly. Use your high beams when possible and always be on the lookout for pedestrians and animals.
Fatigue can be a big issue during the holidays, as people are often up late celebrating and then getting up early to travel. If you’re feeling tired, take a break, pull over at a rest stop or switch drivers if you’re on a long road trip. Driving long hours can be tiring, especially during the holidays when you may be trying to squeeze in extra errands and activities!
Stay Focused and Alert
Distracted driving is dangerous under any circumstances, but it’s even more dangerous on slippery roads. Stay focused on the road, put away your phone and other distractions and focus on the task at hand.
Be Aware of Your Distance
Increase your following distance behind the vehicle in front of you. It takes longer to stop on slippery roads, so you should leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.Winter weather can make driving conditions more difficult, so we want to remind everyone to take extra caution when driving. Following these tips will help you stay safe on the road this winter. We want everyone to have a happy and safe new year, and get home to their families safely