Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge no matter where you live on the East Coast. It’s much easier to get into an accident when there is black ice on the road or when it’s sleeting and snowing. That can make your auto insurance rates go up even if whatever happens is out of your control. Here are some tips for how to drive more safely.
With how busy life is and how quickly bills pile up, it can be difficult to make it to the gas station when your car runs lows on fuel. But one of the easiest ways to drive more safely in the winter is to make sure you have a full tank. It’s easy to use up gas while trying to get to work on time in wintry weather or staying warm when you have a breakdown.
Don’t Get Out
If you do have an engine breakdown or similar roadside emergency, then stay in your vehicle. It can be tempting to get out, especially to look for help if you’re stranded. Keep the car running long enough to make sure you’re warm and then turn the car off.
Make Sure Your Car is Maintained
Even if neglecting to maintain your vehicle might not directly affect your auto insurance policy, doing so is still a good idea. Knowing that the engine, tires, windshield wipers, and brakes are all in excellent condition will help you feel better. Plus, keeping antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid on hand can provide an additional layer of protection against the ravages of winter weather, when snow and ice slow down your car.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Before you leave the house, you should make sure your phone is fully charged, and remember to bring a car charger with you. This is even more important if you’re going out of town on a long trip. You’ll also want a shovel, an ice scraper, a snow brush, a flashlight, some jumper cables, some food and water, some blankets, and whatever medicine you might need.
Clean Snow Off
One final tip before you hit the road: take the time to clean the snow off your car. Whether you do it the night before or in the morning before you get going, you will be thankful you were proactive. Don’t forget about cleaning off the headlights, taillights, and mirrors. That way, you won’t cause another driver to get into an accident, which can also affect your auto insurance rates.
Get in Touch with Wachter Insurance
Whether you need homeowners’ insurance or auto insurance, our team at Wachter Insurance Agency, Inc. is here to help. We offer our clients competitive rates, professional customer service, and a huge range of policies to choose from for your needs. We have been serving Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia since 1969 and we would love to help keep your home and family safe every day of the year. For more information, call us at (301) 371-6335 or visit us online. For more blogs like these, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.