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Holiday Season Ends but Winter Conditions Remain; BBB Offers Tips to Drivers

The holidays are almost over, but for Iowa drivers, winter remains for another couple of months. This means that snow, ice and hazardous conditions will continue to burden individuals traveling on the roads this winter season. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says safety should be the number one priority for drivers and recommends following a few safety precautions.

  • Pack and store a car survival kit. Drivers should prepare for all the challenges that winter brings - accidents, road closures and delays. Individuals should make sure their vehicle is equipped with essentials including a flashlight, ice scraper, and salt or kitty litter. Also, packing a blanket, warm gloves and a few nonperishable food items such as nuts or granola bars are highly recommended.
  • Do not neglect the vehicle's maintenance. Proper maintenance is an essential part of owning a vehicle. This is particularly crucial during winter months. The BBB says that at the very least drivers should check their car's fluid levels and also make sure that wipers and tires are in sufficient working order.
  • Allow for extra time. Driving too fast in hazardous conditions significantly increases a driver's chance of suffering injuries in an automobile accident. Incorporating extra time into the commute reduces stress levels as well.
  • Allow additional distance. A vehicle's tires, brakes or 4-wheel drive capability is no defense against ice. All vehicles will have difficulty stopping in icy conditions. Drivers should give sufficient space between their vehicle and the car in front of them when snow and ice are present.
  • Put the mobile devices away. Drivers are encouraged to suspend the use of mobile devices while driving. The number of accidents and fatalities contributed to talking on a cell phone or texting while driving is increasing. If the need arises, the BBB recommends drivers use a hands-free device.

Before hitting the road, drivers should also assess current weather forecasts. Individuals can access the Iowa Department of Transportation's website for up-to-date road and weather conditions.

Source: http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/business/2951435-420/holiday-bureau-car-weather-business.html

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