Safe driving tips ahead of the winter season

Posted at 6:54 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 09:51:10-05

The first day of winter isn't until December 21st. If you're familiar with Idaho weather you know that winter-like driving conditions happen earlier. Being prepared for winter weather is important and thanks to a local Allstate Spokesperson we have a complete list of "Safe Driving Tips".

  • Prepare: Ensure your vehicle's headlights and brake lights are in working condition, along with its tires, heater, defroster, brakes, and windshield wipers, and that you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
  • Take Your Time: Give yourself extra time to get where you're going. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra stopping time will all go a long way to help avoid collisions.
  • Stay Alert: Give the road your undivided attention. That's always true and especially important with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.
  • Don't Panic: If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don't slam on the brakes. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer your vehicle that way. Release the accelerator until traction returns.
  • Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit in your car with the tools you need to protect yourself, should a problem arise. Gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a brush, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or kitty litter are all great things to include.
  • Download Drivewise: It automatically detects trip information, including speed, braking and time of day, by app or small vehicle device, depending on the state. A detected trend can indicate unsafe behavior like aggressive/distracted driving or follow too closely.

This year Boise ranked 4th out of 200 big cities for having the "best drivers" according to Allstate. The insurance company factors average annual precipitation and snow with the number of crashes in the area. If you'd like more information on safe driving, click here.