It’s been an interesting winter to say the least. Freezing cold temperatures and then a quick rise to the 40’s and 50’s.
No snow, little freezing rain, but heck, the winter isn’t close to over.
All of us “native New Yorkers” are aware of that.
My job gets “interesting” when the snow, sleet, and ice show up.
It’s almost as if everyone forgot how to drive in weather!
So, here are my simple rules that can help you avoid any problems when in bad driving conditions:
Slow down. I know we’re all in a hurry; it’s pretty much something on which we can all agree in New York, but when the weather is conspiring against you, it’s good sense to slow down and practice good defensive driving. Black ice is a real thing, you know, and if you find yourself in that unfortunate situation, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Don’t risk it, slow down, and leave a few minutes earlier if you’re worried about being late.
Make certain your tires and brakes are in tip-top shape. Take your car into your mechanic and ask them to check the tires and brakes. And, if you need new brakes or tires, get them right away before you run into trouble.
Put your phone away and pay attention. Glancing at a text or email can mean your eyes are off the road for a few seconds or more, and in that small amount of time, you can find start to skid and lose control of your vehicle.
Of course, if you are unfortunate enough to get into a fender-bender, please reach out immediately to the police and your insurance agency. It’s an annoyance but be glad that no one got injured.
And please let us know if we can quote you on your auto insurance. If you’ve got the right protection and your rate is good, we’ll tell you immediately, but if we think we can save you money or improve your coverage, we’ll tell you that as well.