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My Compass Group

13800 Coppermine Road, Herndon, VA 20171
877-521-1388

Griffin-Owens Insurance Specialists

847 Station Street, Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 471-0050

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Your Guide to Winter Driving

You can confidently navigate the winter season by following this guide to winter driving and ensuring your policy is comprehensive. Safe winter driving involves careful preparation and the right insurance coverage.

Frosty Roads & Smart Strategies

The winter season brings challenging driving conditions. While the serene beauty of a snow-covered landscape is undeniable, we must be mindful of hazards, such as black ice and reduced visibility. At Rockingham Insurance, we advocate for a dual approach to winter driving: practicing safe driving habits and ensuring your auto insurance policy is comprehensive and up-to-date. This guide aims to help you navigate winter roads safely, prioritizing your well-being above all.

Prepare Your Vehicle:

  • Winterize Your Car: Regular maintenance checks are essential, including your vehicle’s battery, tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater, defroster, wipers, and brakes. 
  • Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit in your car, complete with blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a shovel, and non-perishable food items.
  • Before a Snowstorm: If heavy snow is expected, lift your windshield wipers to prevent them from freezing to the windshield. This small step can make a big difference in maintaining visibility.

Before You Head Out:

  • Check Conditions: Always review the weather and road conditions before setting out. If conditions are too hazardous, staying off the roads is best.
  • Driveway and Walkways: Ensure your driveway and walkways are clear of snow and ice. Remember, shovel to the right so plows don’t push your freshly shoveled snow back into your drive. Use salt or sand to improve traction and prevent slipping.
  • Vehicle Windows and Mirrors: Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle’s windows, windshield, and mirrors before driving. Clear visibility is a must for safe driving.

Driving Techniques:

  • Reduce Speed: Lower speeds are essential on slippery roads, allowing you more time to react to unexpected conditions.
  • Increase Following Distance: Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead to ensure ample stopping time on icy roads.
  • Avoid Sudden Movements: Smooth steering, braking, and accelerating are key to preventing skids.
  • Stay Calm: If you do encounter a skid, keep calm and steer gently in the direction you want to go. Avoid abrupt braking, especially on black ice.

Insurance Coverage:

  • Review Your Policy: Make sure your auto insurance covers winter-related incidents, including collisions on icy roads and other non-collision damage.
  • Consult with Us: Your trusted Rockingham Insurance local agent is here to assist. We can review your policy to ensure you have the necessary protection for winter driving.

Safe winter driving involves careful preparation and the right insurance coverage. You can confidently navigate the winter season by following this guide to winter driving and ensuring your policy is comprehensive. Remember, at Rockingham Insurance, your safety is our top priority.



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