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Winter Conditions Mean Hazardous Driving Conditions

The colder weather is upon us and with cooler temps, comes snow like we've seen recently and that of course means hazardous driving conditions.
The winter weather doesn't cause crashes. The way that we drive in the winter weather is what causes crashes." - Ron Galiviz
The colder weather is upon us and with cooler temps, comes snow like we've seen recently and that of course means hazardous driving conditions.

"People say it, the winter weather causes crashes.  The winter weather doesn't cause crashes.  The way that we drive in the winter weather is what causes crashes."

Indiana State Trooper Ron Galiviz says that understanding winter weather and preparing ourselves accordingly can go a long way in staying safe on the roads.

"The number one thing is to make sure that you have your vehicle mechanically prepared for the riggers of winter driving."

This means making sure that all of your vehicle's fluids have been flushed out, and replaced.  Also, be sure to repair or replace items like wipers, brakes, and tires.

Something as simple as properly inflating your tires, actually goes a long way in keeping you safe on the roadways.  In addition to maintaining your vehicle, changing your driving habits during the winter months is key.

"Increase your following distance, anticipate the unexpected", says Galiviz and adds to always be looking ahead to see what vehicles in front of you are doing.

"Are the brake lights coming on, are the tail lights appearing to go side to side? You're looking for cues from not only the environmental standpoint, but also the vehicles in front of you."

You should also, keep a safety preparedness kit in your vehicle.  A blanket, snacks, water, lights, and even a shovel are all great items to have on hand.  Some accidents can't be avoided, but by following some of these tips and being prepared, may be the different between a minor and major winter wreck.


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