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Allstate offers tips for safe driving all winter long

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Thu, Jan 16th 2020 11:45 am

Prepare for weather challenges this winter

Guest Editorial by Allstate

When the cold weather hits, so do a variety of winter weather challenges. Whether it’s heavy snow and ice or below-zero temperatures, these conditions can impact your daily drive. To help stay safe on the road, Allstate offers tips on how to brush up on winter car driving know-hows.

•Build a winter car emergency kit. Make sure your kit contains all the necessities, such as a snow shovel and brush, warning flares, reflective triangles, a bag of kitty litter or sand for traction, extra clothes, gloves, hats, hand-warmers and blankets. According to the U.S. News and World Report, being well stocked with first-aid necessities and nonperishable high-energy food items are essential to have in your kit. Keep items stored away in your trunk for safekeeping. 

•Check your tires before heading out. As temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure, says National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Look for your vehicle’s correct tire pressure on the tag within the driver’s-side doorjamb or in your owner’s manual. Depending on the conditions in your area, you may want to purchase winter tires. 

•Avoid spinning out on ice. Slick surfaces typically require a longer stopping distance. Keeping a greater-than-usual distance between you and other vehicles during these conditions can give you ample time to respond to road and weather hazards.

•Maintain your car’s battery. Did you know your engine’s oil thickens when the temperature drops? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the thicker your car’s oil, the more power your car battery requires. If your battery is older than three years, you may want to look into replacing it.

When Jack Frost blows into town, snowy and icy conditions are inevitable, but being prepared can help you anticipate the worst. Keep these tips in your mental glove box to help you during a slippery situation.

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