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Winter driving

So far, the winter has been quite mild in Massachusetts. We have had only a few inches of snow and not many particularly cold days. But do not let your guard go down, for winter storms come quickly.

We want you to be safe this winter; usually it means driving a little more sensibly and defensively. Here are some tips to keep you safe :

  • This may sound simple but you just need to slow down and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This may sound simple, and it is, but you really will not reach your destination faster by driving on the bumper of the car in front of you. Also when you think of a 20 mile drive to work that can take you 35 minutes, if you go 10 MPH over the speed limit, can it make you work 3 minutes earlier ?? Not worth the risk!
  • Tires are very important. They must be safe with the right tread and correct inflation. Keep in mind that the tires lose pressure in cold weather. You should double check with someone who can tire. Most Sullivan Deck sites will be happy to help you if you stop by one of their sites.
  • There are so many more vehicles on the road that are four-wheel drive or have four-wheel drive. Keep in mind that while this may help you get through the snow at the end of your driveway, they do NOTHING to help you stay faster!
  • Look closely at driveways and intersections . As the snow piles up, it becomes increasingly difficult for drivers to see to pull out, be ready if anyone does.
  • There is a reason why your car needs a safety inspection every year. You want to be sure that your headlights, break lights, wiper blades, etc. are in good condition. You can go to PRAC.com and register to receive inspection reminders even if your insurance is with another company.
  • Store supplies in your car. What happens if your car breaks down or gets stuck in a snow bank and you are wearing the nice dress with the cute little heels? What would you do? You want to be sure that you have a pair of warm shoes or an extra pair of boots in the car and an extra coat with a hat and gloves. A wool blanket is great to have. It can keep you both warm and dry.

With that in mind, enjoy the snow and be safe !!

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