Yesterday we began to discuss some of the mistakes that people make before, during, and after a snow storm when is comes to driving your automobile. Today, we’re going to continue the discussion with even more mistakes that people make.
Now I can’t sit here and type this blog without admitting to doing more than a few of these mistakes, especially the ones we discussed yesterday. Forgetting to turn the wipers off before heading in the house, not switching to winter wipers, and driving with low fuel are all winter weather driving sins that I’ve committed, and I think it’s safe to say that many of us have done the same.
But in any event, these blogs aren’t meant to call you out on any faults, they’re simply to inform you that what you may be doing isn’t very safe, or if you aren’t doing them, then it’s just a heads up then. So without any further delay, these are the last five mistakes that many people make while out on the roads in the winter season:
6) Neglecting to clear off the snow from your vehicle. I know, you may be running late or simply don’t feel like getting the cold, wet snow on your clothes, but you HAVE TO DO IT. This is so dangerous to do for a host of reasons, but manly for the risk of getting into an accident and a subsequent claim on your CT auto insurance.
7) Tailgating the car in front of you. Well it certainly isn’t safe to tailgate when the weather is fine, so that means it’s twice as dangerous to do when the roads are slick with snow and ice.
8) Not slowing down enough through intersections. This is another one that’s unsafe no matter what the weather is, but since stopping and turning at tricky in the snow and slush, it’s super important to take it a bit slower through intersections.
9) Proper ventilation. If you’re broken down, make sure you keep your window cracked a bit if your engine is still running. Also make sure to get out every now and then to make sure your tailpipe is clear, otherwise poisonous carbon monoxide can begin to build up in your car’s cabin.
10) Overconfidence. I see it all the time on the roads when the winter weather is bad. People are in large SUVs or cars with all wheel drive, and they think they’re invincible on the roads. Not only are they putting themselves at risk, but they’re putting you and the other drivers at risk as well!
So there you have it. The ten most common driving mistakes during the winter season. If you avoid these, then chances are you’ll make it to your destination this winter without a problem, and won’t have to worry about your CT auto insurance!