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GEICO urges drivers to play it safe in the snow and ice during winter months



  GEICO urges drivers to play it safe in the snow and ice during winter months

Business Wire

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
holiday season.

  * 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
    stop.

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).

Contact:

GEICO Communications
301-986-3271
gcorpcom@geico.com
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