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PROPERTY & CASUALTY
DEC 13, 2017
6 Winter Driving Safety Tips
Driving in severe winter weather is dangerous, even for the most experienced drivers. With winter just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your fleet drivers to stay safe on snow-covered roads.
Severe winter weather is the cause of 17 percent of all vehicle crashes. Over the past five years, winter weather related accidents in America accounted for nearly 4,000 deaths. In fact, car accidents in severe weather kill more Americans each year than any other weather danger.
Here are six tips to help keep your drivers safe on the roads this winter:
Stay slightly below the speed limit
Drivers should stay slightly below the speed limit when the roads are slippery. This allows for better control and also makes it easier to stop, if necessary.
Increase following distances to 8 to 10 seconds
The more space between each vehicle on icy roads, the better. Avoid a collision by increasing your following distance.
Don’t let your gas tank run low
Keep an eye on the gas gauge and always fill up once it goes below the halfway point.
Check your wipers, defrosters and washer reservoir before getting on the road
When driving in winter weather, achieving visibility is one of the keys to safety. You’ll want to be sure all three of these devices are working properly before getting on the road.
Keep a winter weather kit in your vehicle
In case of emergency, keep a winter weather kit in your vehicle. View the list of items the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends having
Monitor weather conditions
Prepare in advance for winter weather driving— monitor road and weather conditions before taking off. For an explanation of the various cold weather forecasts, click
For more information about safe winter driving, contact your local Amerisure Loss Control Consultant at 800-257-1900 or