Insurer Allstate has released a new survey revealing that more than a third (35 percent) of U.S. drivers say wet winter driving stresses them out.
This is troubling, since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an especially wet winter for much of the country.
To help keep precipitation from causing a collision, Allstate offers these tips:
- Do a systems check: Make sure your headlights and brake lights are in working condition, along with tires, heater, defroster, brakes and windshield wipers, and that you have enough windshield washer fluid.
- Play it safe: Don’t drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots — it can stall your engine. Take an alternate route.
- Take it easy: Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra stopping time will help avoid collisions.
- Stay alert: Give the road your undivided attention. That’s especially important with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.
- Don’t panic: If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don’t slam on the brakes. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer your vehicle that way. Release the accelerator until traction returns.
- Have an emergency kit: Include the tools you will need to protect yourself should a problem arise. Gloves, boots, blankets, flares, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or cat litter, are all helpful items to have in the car.
You should also consider stocking up on life’s essentials so you don’t have to make as many routine trips to the store in the worst winter weather. Perhaps the best overall advice is to “take it easy”. If the recent storm in the Northeast is any indication, we may have some more nasty winter driving weather ahead.