GEICO urges drivers to play it safe in the snow and ice during winter months
WASHINGTON -- December 19, 2013
Now that the winter season is in full swing with snow and freezing rain, GEICO
advises travelers take a few specific precautions before hitting the road this
*Take the time to winterize your car. Make sure the car battery, fluid
levels, lights, windshield wipers, tires and brakes have all been checked
before driving the car.
*Don’t let your gas tank get close to empty. You don’t want to run out if
you get stuck in traffic – or a snow bank.
*Check your headlights and tail lights. Make sure your lights are clean to
provide more visibility during dark winter days.
*No texting and driving. You should only use your cell phone in case of an
emergency – and then you should pull safely over to the side of the road
to use it.
*Get some rest. Before you start your journey, be sure to get plenty of
sleep so that you can stay alert for traffic pattern changes, stopped
vehicles and deer crossings.
*Slow down. You should try to maintain a following distance of three
seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. You should avoid
cutting in front of trucks and braking suddenly, as they need more room to
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two
of the most frequent driver behaviors that cause accidents are failure to keep
in proper lane, or “running off the road,” and driving too fast for
conditions. With extreme weather conditions happening in some parts of the
country, it’s important for drivers to take precautionary measures while
driving this winter season.
GEICO has provided several important safety tips for all drivers during the
winter months: please visit Winter Weather Driving Tips in GEICO’s Safety
Information Center. And for brochures, tips, videos and more information on
safe driving, visit the GEICO Auto Safety section on www.geico.com.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto
insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto
insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve
more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 19
million vehicles (auto & cycle).
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