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How to Ensure that You Are Driving Safely This Winter Season

Although there are more recorded accidents during summer than during snowy months in the US, the fact that more than 1,300 persons perish from car crashes every year should cause a lot of concern for drivers during the winter season. Aside from that, 116,800 individuals get injured because of car accidents on snowy roads.

Why there are fewer car accidents during winter than in summer must have something to do that drivers are aware that the roads are dangerous because they are wet and slippery. This invokes more caution while driving. One reason also is that some drivers avoid going out during winter.

Yes, avoiding the roads and being more cautious while driving during winter are ways on how to keep safe during winter. Here are more tips that can save you away from harm while you are on snowy roads driving.

 

Take It Slow

Drive slowly. You should always aim for lower traction by adjusting your speed. When accelerating, always bear in mind not to be in a hurry. You should also do so when slowing down. When on a snowy road, slowing down may take some time, so be wary of the stoplight while you are still some distance away. A lot of car crashes during winter happen because drivers are unable to stop their cars on designated stops.

Maintain Distance from the Car in Front

Always keep a distance from the vehicle that is in front of you. Maintain at least 5 to 7 seconds following distance to ensure that when you stop simultaneously, you will not hit it from the rear as it will provide some time for you to be able to stop your car. If the road is not busy, you can always maintain more distance.

Always Inspect Your Brakes

Before driving your car, always check on the brakes if they are working properly. To apply firm pressure on the brake pedal, you should always keep your heel on the floor while steadily using your foot.

When nearing a stoplight, you can start slowing down, so you don’t have to stop. This decreases your chance of tipping because you won’t need to apply a full stop. Slowing down will not also take some more effort if you are to accelerate on moving wheels.

Be Ready When Navigating Elevations

Get some power and maintain while traversing a hill. Slow down again if you reached the top and when you are going downward. Never stop when you are going uphill, or you will slide back down.

 

Car Brands: Why They Matter to Buyers

To some car owners, the brand of a car is the ultimate consideration when buying a new car. With more than 30 car brands and more than 17 million models, having a car brand in mind before going for the purchase can indeed save you from a mind-boggling experience.

Here are some of the reasons why car buyers zero in on one particular brand rather than choosing from the rest of the car brands out there.

Tried and Tested Brands Are the Best

When you are buying your second car or a third one, you probably had your previous car as your basis for buying your next car. If you had a great experience with your previous vehicle, the chance is that you will not be getting a new brand but to stick with the brand of your last car. This is because you are confident in the quality of the car you will be having. You will not even have to adjust because the details of handling the same brand will just come out automatically. People will just have to go for a different color to tell that they have a new car.

Loyalty to a Brand Still Exists

A customer’s affinity to a specific car brand is an illustration of human nature. We develop trust in someone or something that we are used to or which has been around us for some time. If you had a Chevrolet servicing you from your childhood days, it might be difficult to see yourself driving a Ford when that time comes that you can already buy your own car.

Reputation Matters

While there are less expensive brands out there that may offer better quality, some car buyers still buy the more expensive cars to satisfy their ego. While some brands maintain a reputable image as classy and elite, it does well with people who value their social standing in the society. Today, there are companies that do not have a long history in the car manufacturing industry, but their car brands can compete with the old brands quality-wise. But for some consumers, these brands do not carry the social acceptability that the old and classy brands provide,

Showmanship Is a Concern

The unique exterior design of some brands is the foremost consideration of some car buyers. They value the visual effects over other things. Recognition and attention while on the road matter most for some car owners, so they buy cars with distinctive designs.

More than anything else, reliability and safety should come first. But buyers must have considered these factors before buying their new car.