Mercury provides tips to make sure your vehicle is winter-ready.
With the recent onset of severe winter conditions along the
Winter driving can be extremely dangerous for motorists and seriously damaging to vehicles, so proper maintenance of your vehicle is essential. On average, 1.3 million weather-related car accidents occur each year, representing 23% of all car crashes nationwide and 480,000 injuries.
Always being extremely careful while driving and making sure your cars are fully insured are the best ways to stay safe on winter roads. Here are some things to consider when reviewing your auto insurance policy:
- Who will drive your vehicle during the winter months? Consider upgrading your auto insurance if an inexperienced winter driver – perhaps a teenager with little experience in cold, icy conditions – will be behind the wheel.
- How often will you use your vehicle (s) this winter? Reassess your auto insurance coverage on any vehicle that will be driven more during the winter months, when the most weather-related accidents occur.
- What condition is your vehicle in? You may want to increase your coverage if you are driving an older vehicle that does not have the latest safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, all-wheel drive, and traction tires. In addition, a pre-winter examination of your brakes and tires by a certified mechanic is strongly recommended.
In the event of a winter outage, Mercury customers can choose to add Roadside Assistance coverage to their policy, which is available to all customers as optional coverage. Using GPS technology, the service can even identify the exact location of stranded drivers. This service is network neutral, which means it will work with any phone, regardless of the carrier.
Here are some winter driving tips in addition to maintaining good insurance coverage:
- Winter driving precautions begin even before you get in the vehicle. Replacing old wiper blades, checking fluid levels (especially antifreeze and oil), rotating tires, or fitting traction tires are essential to get your vehicle ready for the job. Winter.
- Don’t drive distracted. Keep both hands on the wheel and step away from your cell phone. It is important that you are alert and ready to respond. According to
Virginia Tech Institute of Transportation, you are 23 times more likely to have an accident when texting while driving.
- Control your speed. Accelerating or stopping quickly means problems when driving on slippery roads. the
Colorado Department of Transportationhave found that the leading cause of winter crashes is trying to change gears or direction faster than surfaces allow.
- Always buckle up. It’s an old saying, but one that is still a requirement of the law in all states except
New Hampshire, which does not require the wearing of seat belts for persons 18 years of age or over.
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