Tips For Driving In Inclement Weather

With the dark, cold, and wet winter season approaching Springfield its important to know how to drive in inclement weather conditions. Here are some helpful tips for driving in the rain or snow

Its important to check your equipment and make sure everything is working properly. Check your headlights, break lights, taillights, and most importantly your windshield wipers. Also, be sure to check the tread of your tires. Balding tires can severely reduce traction when on a wet road way.

Tips for driving safely in the rain

Slow down! your vehicles reaction time is a lot slower when its raining so you should drive considerable slower than you normally would.

Avoid heavy breaking and maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. slow your vehicle by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you normally would in preparation to slow down or stop. Keep a greater distance than you normally would between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Stopping your vehicle will be more difficult when driving in the rain.

To avoid hydroplaning, drive around places where water has collected by changing lanes or safely steering around such areas. Hydroplaning is one of the most common car accidents in the rain because drivers can lose control. If your car hydroplanes, calmly take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your car needs to go. Avoid making sudden turns or slamming on your brakes.

Tips for driving in the snow and ice

The same tips above can also be helpful when driving on the snow or ice. Be sure to keep your distance from other cars and apply your breaks earlier than you normally would.

Apply the gas slowly to avoid spinning your tires. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Avoiding stopping going up hill and powering uphill.  As you reach the top of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.

Always be prepared and plan your routes out ahead of time. Remember that reducing your speed and turning on your lights are two of the simplest and most effective ways of reducing the chances of an accident caused by wet weather. If you feel uncomfortable driving in the rain and its possible postpone your trip or commute, wait until the weather improves before driving.

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Do you have a teen driver ready to go solo?

Ensure Your Teen Has Successfully Completed A Graduated Driver Licensing Program

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program is a three-step approach that restricts potential high-risk driving situations for teens — and all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have adopted a GDL program. As your teen moves through the phases of your state’s program, they’ll continue to learn and earn their right to full driving privileges. Here are the three GDL phases, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III):

  1. Learner’s Permit: A supervised learning period where the student must drive with a licensed adult and complete road knowledge and vision tests.
  2. Intermediate License: After completing advanced training and passing a required road test, a new driver earns their intermediate license. Certain driving situations, such as driving alone at night, are still prohibited in this stage unless accompanied by a licensed adult. The driver must remain accident-free and not incur any traffic violations over a set period of time before completing this stage.
  3. Full License: A license with full driving privileges is earned.

Tips for a successful first solo drive

  1. Setting limits and clear expectations. Your teen should understand that if they don’t follow the laws like driving within the speed limit and wearing a seat belt they could lose driving privileges. Set set your own rules, such as where your teen can drive alone and how long he or she can be out. You should also set a strict rule about cell phone use while driving.
  2. Don’t allow friends in the car at first. Passengers can be a major distraction and cause unnecessary risks.
  3. Make sure that you have practiced driving with your teens in all kinds of whether so they can be prepared. Drive short distances when its raining or snowing to build your teens confidence.

Does Your Teen Understand The Basics Of How The Car Works?

A general orientation of how the car works is just as important as knowing how to drive the car. Prepare your teen to be out on their own and make sure they understand what to do in case of emergency and the daily upkeep it takes to keep a car on the road. Your teen should know how to:

  1. Change a flat tire
  2. Fuel the vehicle
  3. check the oil
  4. Inflate the tires
  5. Turn on and off the headlights
  6. Turn on and off and adjust the windshield wipers
  7. Understand the lights on the dashboard
  8. How to react in an emergency

The idea of helping teens learn to drive strikes fear in the hear of many parents. Worrying about your teen behind the wheel in one of the families most expensive tangible item can drive your crazy. Teaching your kids safe driving habits early on can help ensure that they are ready to get behind the wheel alone.

Let us help you save money and your sanity when its time for your teen to go solo!

Call 417-581-5818 and we can shop your insurance through multiple companies and help you find the right policy that protects your teen and your car.

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