Snow makes any commute harder, but the best way to stay safe on the road while it’s snowing is to avoid driving altogether. However, if you can’t stay home until the plows have cleared the roads, we urge you to take a minute and refresh your memory with these following safety tips:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights
- Know the current road conditions– tune-in to current local traffic reports before leaving home
- Pay attention– remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement
- Leave plenty of room for stopping
- Use brakes carefully– break early, brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks– even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner
- Don’t use your cruise control in wintry conditions
- Don’t get overconfident in your 4×4 vehicle– remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won’t help you stop any faster!
- Do not pump anti-lock brakes– if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes, do not pump brakes in attempting to stop. The right way is to “stomp and steer!”
- Remember that trucks are heavier than cars– trucks take longer to safely respond and come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them
- Go slow!
Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance is a leading auto insurance carrier in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Personal auto and commercial auto policies in Massachusetts and Connecticut are underwritten by Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. New Hampshire auto and home policies are underwritten by Mt. Washington Assurance Corporation. Each is a member of the Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and homeowners insurance.