We’ve had our first Massachusetts snow storm! It wasn’t a big storm, but it was a potentially dangerous one. We thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of some snow driving safety tips.
It is important to adequately clear off the snow from your car before getting on the road. This includes your front and rear windshields, side windows, sideview mirrors, headlights, and tail lights. These areas are critical to your visibility while driving. It can be difficult enough to drive in snowy conditions. Impairing any part of your vision will only add to the danger.
Wellsley police recently shared this photo of a driver who failed to clear off his windshield. You can imagine how dangerous this was. This driver was cited.
Clearing Off Snow From Your Car
For large amounts of snow (or heavy snow), be sure to also clear off the front and rear hood as well and the top of your car. When driving on the highway, this snow will fly off in large chunks. It could impair your vision or hit other vehicles driving beside or behind you. Massachusetts state police recently shared this photo of a car damaged when snow flew off another vehicle. Luckily, the driver of this car only sustained minor injuries.
Other Snow Driving Safety Tips
It is important to keep safety in mind anytime there is a snow storm. Keep a snow brush in your car at all times during winter months so that you can clear snow from your vehicle before getting on the roads. Allow a little extra room between you and the car in front of you, especially when driving on the highway. Make sure your windshield washer fluid is full so you can keep your windshield clear during messy driving conditions. With a little preparedness and thoughtfulness, you can stay safe and help keep other drivers around you safe during a winter storm.These snow driving safety tips are provided courtesy of Gorman Insurance, serving Greater Boston MA.