When high winds drive falling or drifting snow, whiteout conditions are the result. If you’re driving, you are likely to have to cope with very low visibility if you are able to see beyond you at all. This winter has brought one snow and ice storm after another with no end yet in sight. So if you must drive when a whiteout threatens, follow these tips to stay as safe as possible.
- Give yourself the best chance at visibility by keeping all car windows clear. Switch your heating system to Defrost – front and rear – but be sure that the system is not set to recirculate because that will add more moisture into the vehicle causing the windows to fog. This will also diminish the amount of fresh oxygen in the air which will also diminish your alertness.
- When you sense a whiteout condition brewing, you should distractions eliminate distractions in your vehicle because your utmost attention is required to operate the car. Immediately, free your hands of any food or beverage, ask passengers to cease conversation so that you can concentrate, and turn off your audio system unless you are tuned to current weather reports.
The article from ErieSense.com, titled “12 Tips for Driving in a Whiteout” tells us, “In many parts of the country, driving through wind and snow is just a part of your average winter. However, it’s not every day that you get caught driving in a whiteout.”
Auto Insurance Tip
If you will be driving your vehicle, particularly during winter weather and especially if on a road trip, prepare in advance by having a well-stocked winter survival kit on board. Being prepared also means checking to be sure you have all the insurance coverage you’ll need in case an accident does occur. Remember to keep your auto insurance policy information as well as your insurance agent’s phone number on hand when you travel, just in case. The last thing you want, in the event of an accident, is to find you don’t have the insurance coverage you thought you had. To be sure, contact your agent long before you ever need to file an insurance claim to be sure that your policy meets your current needs.
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