Family road trips are part of the holiday season for many people. Whether you are traveling with a car packed full with people or on your own, there are some important things to keep in mind as you head out on the open road. If you don’t want to spend time dealing with insurance companies and medical bills when the New Year rolls around, pay attention to these easy tips.
If you live in an area where ice on the roadways is common, chances are that you understand how to drive safely on slippery surfaces. That’s good news. The bad news is that many people don’t consider winter fog or frost to be dangerous. The roads don’t have to be coated with layers of ice to be slick. Any type of winter coating can make the roads a danger to drive on.
People tend to lower their guard when the weather turns cold. Don’t be fooled into thinking that all of the animals have gone to bed for the winter. You still have a good chance of meeting up with a deer or other animal as you drive down the road. Keep your eyes peeled for single animals and those that travel in groups.
Not all animals don’t go to sleep for the winter, and neither do kids. You may not see as many kids on bikes, but you will see them outside playing in the snow. Be careful as you drive down the street. Kids building forts, having snowball fights and otherwise frolicking in the snow aren’t going to be looking out for you. Heavy snowfalls can obscure the border between the yard and the road, making children more apt to be close to the street.
If you see a snow plow, give it wide berth. Plows are out trying to do their job. While many of us feel like we have hit the lottery if we are lucky enough to get behind a plow and a freshly cleared stretch of road, stay a bit behind the truck. Not only will it let the drier be able to see you behind their vehicle, but it will help prevent rocks and chunks of ice from flying up and onto your car.
Don’t lower your guard on the road simply because the weather has turned cold. You don’t want to spend your holidays nursing injuries or fighting with insurance companies. Use these tips to remind yourself of the things that you probably already know.
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