Operating Your Vehicle During These Trying Times

February 25, 2015 at 12:47 PM | Posted in Auto, Insurance Policy, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Between icy roads, enormous snow banks, and potholes, it is important to use extra caution this year when operating your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you avoid damaging your vehicle, as well as avoiding property damage, or injuries to others:

1. Potholes – The best way to prevent damage to your vehicle from potholes is to keep your speed down so that you can go around them whenever possible. You should also try to go around puddles because, when melting occurs, potholes fill with water making it difficult to determine how deep they are.

2. Snow banks – The snow banks are so large this year that it’s impossible to see if another vehicle is coming when you are trying to pull onto the roads. It is best to slowly ease out a little at a time so that you are able to stop quickly, should another vehicle or pedestrian cross in front of you. You should also let other vehicles cut in front of you when you see that they are trying to pull out into traffic. A little patience and courtesy can help you and others avoid a potential collision.

3. Icy roads – The roads seem to continuously be covered in either snow or black ice. Keeping your speed down and slowing down early when coming to a stop will help avoid sliding into something. Also, keeping at least a cars length between you and the vehicle in front of you will help avoid a rear ending incident.

Next week is the first week of March so hopefully we are past the worst of this winter’s challenges. In the meantime, having patience and being cautious can help us get through these trying times. If you have any questions about your auto policy, and what types of conditions are covered, please call us at 888.850.9400. Drive safely!


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