Winterize your driving strategy

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Winter begins this Saturday, and that only means one thing: No…not another ugly sweater from the Aunt that you really don’t like; we’re talking about bad winter weather coming our way and even worse winter driving conditions.

Bad driving conditions almost always translate into fender benders, crashes and all kinds of other issues.

In fact, according to PENNDot reports, December is the worst month of the year for traffic accidents. Over 12,000 were reported in the state of Pennsylvania last December.

So, how do you prepare yourself for the roads and the bad drivers on the roads? First, slow down. AAA says that the easiest way to avoid an accident is to slow down to give yourself time and room to maneuver and maintain control of your vehicle. That’s a simple fix. Take your time, get up earlier, leave earlier and get used to trips taking you longer.

AAA also says to double check your wiper blades, tire pressure and keep an emergency roadside kit with you. Your roadside kit should include a flashlight, gloves, jumper cables, foldable shovel, ice scraper, snow brush and some road salt.

PENNDot says that you should completely clear your vehicle of snow before moving and make sure your headlight are clear of any snow or ice as well.

Happy Driving!

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