Virginia winters are a tad unpredictable. One day you’re venturing out without a jacket and the next day the roads are covered with ice. Make sure you’re prepared for the worst winter weather by following these seasonal driving tips.

  1. Stay Home if You Can. Sure, your heavy-duty four-wheel-drive pickup truck might do just fine in the snow. But if you can park it in the garage and stay home, you’re keeping the number of motorists on the road at a minimum. The fewer drivers on the road, the lesser the chances are for winter-related auto accidents.
  2. Be Prepared. Keep winter driving essentials in your car in the event of an emergency. Warm blankets, an extra set of clothes, and a flashlight come in handy if you’re stranded on the side of the road. Also, always try to keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
  3. Drive Slowly. You should give yourself an extra 6-7 seconds of space between vehicles in the event that you have to slow down. Braking on an icy road takes longer than braking on a dry road. And you should never slam on your brakes on a wet or icy road. Driving slowly also increases your reaction time in the event that the vehicle in front of you is involved in an accident, helping to keep you and other motorists safe.

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