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Practice safe driving through the rest of the winter

Driving during the winter months is a challenge for many motorists. It is important that you continue to use the safety practices that can help you get home safe. Unfortunately, not all drivers will do the same. You can't control them, but you can control what you do, so be sure to remember these points before you leave home.

One of the most important things to do is make sure that you leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Trying to rush when there is wintry precipitation or if the roads are slippery can lead to accidents that could have been prevented. Remember that you might have to drive considerably slower than the speed limit when you are on roads that aren't perfectly clear.

Another thing to remember to do is to check your vehicle's tires. They need to have proper tread depth so that they can grip the road properly. With the high probability of wintry precipitation in this area, having winter tires installed on your vehicle during these months is a good idea because they provide additional traction.

You should also make sure that you are sitting high enough in the seat. If your driver's seat is height adjustable, go up a bit from what you normally do so that you can see the road better. This gives you a chance to view objects and hazards that are in your vehicle's path.

Pack an emergency kit in your car just in case you are involved in a crash. This should include nonperishable snacks, water, a shovel, flares or emergency triangles, a charger for your phone, and blankets or extra layers of clothing. These can help you remain warm and safe while you wait on the authorities to arrive, which might take a while in inclement weather.

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