Winter Driving Habits and How to Prepare

Perrysburg, Nov. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winter weather can snarl any travel plans and pose a serious threat to unprepared drivers and their passengers. While consumers often rush out to prepare for winter with clothing and special equipment, vehicles also can require winterization in order to maintain a high level of safety that can protect drivers, pedestrians and passengers alike.

Winter weather can impact the ability of drivers to see the roadways, traction and even a vehicle's stability, making proper care and preparation a good way to safeguard oneself and loved ones from ensuing accidents or auto failures.

One of the most important aspects of auto safety is auto insurance. But while it's imperative to compare insurance quotes, it can also be vital to compare the services offered and other important details, such as deductibles.

In addition to checking your insurance coverage and seeking quotes from quality companies, prepping a vehicle is equally important to ensuring it is ready for the harsh conditions associated with winter weather.

Checking out a vehicle's equipment is imperative for drivers to make sure everything is working properly and nothing needs updating or replacement. Taking a vehicle to a mechanic is a great way to check equipment out and uncover what is working properly and what equipment might be aggravated by the hardness of cooler temperature and rougher roadways. Car owners should have a mechanic check out the battery, lights, antifreeze levels, brakes, wiper blades and heater.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24 percent of all traffic accidents are weather-related, making preparation for inclement weather an important part of accident prevention.

While having a properly running vehicle is a great way to prevent break-downs and accidents, having access to items that can make such situations more comfortable is also a good way to protect oneself. Keeping an emergency supply can bail out drivers who get stuck in snow or amongst road hazards or endure a mechanical problem that leaves them stranded. Some important items to keep stocked in a truck or beneath a seat include; water, non-perishable food items, tire repair kits, phone charger, flares and even a method of jumping a battery, such as a portable charger. Such items can come in very handy in a variety of situations, especially those where a driver and passengers become stranded on a roadway or experience mechanical problems with a vehicle during cold weather situations.

On the other hand, knowing what to do during a weather-related situation may be as valuable as what vehicle owners keep packed in a car or truck. Slippery roadways can sometimes provoke drivers to lose control of a vehicle. Scared or surprised, many drivers' first reaction is to regain control, which can sometimes lead to a rollover accident or cause a vehicle to slide off the roadway and into nearby trees or other debris.

Instead of overcorrecting a vehicle, taking one's foot of the gas and slowly applying the brakes while gently steering the vehicle to the side and out of harms way can be a life saving action that is good to understand before that situation ever arises.

Knowing what to do should an accident occur is invaluable to protecting loved ones, family and friends. But while accident victims never expect to endure the hardships associated with traffic accidents tied to poor weather, knowing how to react can transform a circumstance.

CONTACT: Pete Schilling PR Manager