Winter is coming fast and for many areas the harsh weather has already made an impact due to major storms and this can make for dangerous driving conditions. As a motorist you need to be aware of a few common safety rules for dealing with winter driving. It’s important that you be extremely cautious while driving in adverse weather.

If you are unfortunate enough to become involved in an accident, having Connecticut car insurance will help you fix your wrecked automobile or the other car when you’re deemed at fault, as well as pay medical expenses for injuries to drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Without insurance, the burden of paying this could easily lead to financial ruin and you could quite possibly lose your home or other valuable possessions.

Winter hazards are preventable

Most people have found themselves in situations at one time or another where they were fortunate enough to avoid being involved in a collision. The more focused and better prepared you are to deal with unexpected circumstances, the better your odds of not being in an accident. Before getting behind the wheel of a car you should remember that you should never be driving while you’re fatigued as this often leads to mistakes or driving errors.

As the weather starts to get colder make certain your tires are properly inflated, keep your gas tank full, constantly look in the direction that you are going, and use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. In addition, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather and never use cruise control when driving on any slippery surfaces.

If driving a long distance in harsh weather and your car stalls, it’s best to stay with your vehicle, as it will provide you with temporary shelter out of the elements. It’s best to try to delay trips when extremely bad weather is expected but if you must, let friends or family know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.

Be extra careful when accelerating, stopping and turning, as these simple procedures become much more difficult in bad weather. Stay safe by driving more slowly and if you do become involved in an accident, your Connecticut car insurance will help pay the cost for any necessary repairs.