For anyone living outside of the Sunshine State, winter often means frigid air, ice, and SNOW! While snow adds the perfect cosmetic touch to any cold winter day, it also comes with an underlying list of hazards – especially for drivers!
On behalf of Car Rental 8, here are some important winter driving tips to remember:
- Wait until plows or sand trucks have done their jobs before venturing out onto the roads.
- Always allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. You should always expect delays in rainy, icy or snowy conditions, and should always be driving below the speed limit in these conditions (for your own safety and others).
- Concentrating while driving is more important than ever when the roads are not in optimal condition for traveling. If traveling with passengers, keep loud and distracting conversations to a minimum, keep the music turned off, and stay off your cell phone.
- Keep an ice scraper in the car, and keep your lights, windows and windshield clean.
- Turn on your lights (even in the daytime) to increase your visibility to other drivers.
- Leave yourself plenty of room to stop when roads are icy or covered in snow. Never travel too closely to the car in front of you.
- Don’t use cruise control.
- Use low gears to keep traction.
- Trust your gut. If you feel that your vehicle is not handling the weather conditions well, turn around and go home. Even four-wheel and front-wheel vehicles can have trouble in the winter, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Whether you’re driving your own car, or renting a vehicle, the abovementioned precautions are equally important. If you need to travel somewhere this winter, and your car is not equipped with four-wheel or front-wheel drive, we encourage you to rent one that is. Remember, safety first!
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