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Before You Drive in the Cold

Snow covering cars in piles.

This content is provided courtesy of USAA.

Follow these tips to help you stay safer when driving in winter weather:

  • Keep an ice scraper and a small broom in your car to remove snow and ice from the windshield and windows. Don't use the scraper or broom on your car's painted surfaces.
  • If you see snow, take it slow. The same goes for ice, fog and other forms of precipitation. Driving slowly makes it easier to maneuver and stop when necessary.
  • Accelerate slowly, increase following distances and approach potentially icy bridges and overpasses with extra caution.
  • Brake earlier than is usually necessary and apply the brakes gently to gauge their traction.
  • Be prepared in case you get stranded. Carry emergency supplies, such as blankets, nonperishable food, water, a flashlight and road flares.

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