Posted On: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Let’s face it – no matter how many years of experience you have on the road… driving in Massachusetts during the Winter is no easy task. The combination of rain, ice, snow and freezing temperatures can cause a major spike in risk while driving, making it extra important to put safety first when on the road. Here are 4 tips for safer driving in the Winter!
#1. Don’t Text and Drive.. It can wait!
Our phones are one of the biggest conveniences in life but it’s also important to remember that they can be a hazardous distraction while driving. Some helpful tips and reminders regarding using your phone behind the wheel are: NEVER text and drive, utilize hands free calling, and if using your phone as a navigation device always put the address in beforehand and place the phone in a safe spot with the volume turned up. Remember – Your Facebook , e-mails or Snapchats can wait until later!
#2. Always wear your seatbelt.
A seatbelt is a direct line of defense in the case of accident and should always be worn in the proper fashion. Nobody looks any cooler for not wearing a seatbelt and they are easily adjustable for comfort so there is no reason to ride in an automobile without one.
#3. Don’t play music too loud!
It’s always nice to drive around with the windows down and the music up but be mindful of the volume. Playing music too loud in your vehicle may impair your ability to hear surrounding noises, like another vehicle or children playing on the road.
#4. Do NOT drive under the influence.
Many of our tips may seem like common sense but that’s because they’re important. Our final tip is one that is tragically ignored too often. Driving under the influence not only directly impacts yourself but the safety of those around you. Uber, Taxis, and a sober designated driver are options to turn to rather than getting behind the wheel.