Update 11/26/2013: With a massive Thanksgiving storm bearing down on the U.S. this week, we refreshed our greatest winter driving tips.
Though the official start of winter is still a month away, many parts of the country are already experiencing the first of the so-called “bad” weather. With snowstorms bearing down on the Upper Midwest, rain driving into the Northeast, and thunderstorms predicted for some parts of the South, we compiled a comprehensive list of Esurance driving resources. You might call it our winter driving remix. Or you might just call it a handful of helpful tips.
Driving in ice, snow, hail, and more
Different types of inclement weather require different approaches. For instance, when driving in snow, it’s a good idea to keep a bag of sand (or kitty litter) in the car, while your best bet for handling a hailstorm is to avoid driving completely.
Due to decreased visibility and slippery roads, winter driving can be more than a little intimidating. For the most part, however, it’s nothing to worry about as long as you know what you’re doing. To assist you in that regard, check out our winter driving tips for info on everything from black ice to severe rainstorms.
Driving in rain
Unless you live in the Mojave dessert, you’ll likely have to make your way to work in the rain at least once or twice this winter. And while rain is the most common of the winter weathers, it still presents unique driving challenges and can prove dangerous if you’re not careful.
To help you manage these challenges and stay safe during the wet months, here are 5 tips for driving in the rain.
Avoid floods while driving
Of course, the more it rains the more likely floods and flooded roads become. Did you know that just 6 inches of water is enough to reach the bottom of most passenger cars and in some cases enough to sweep a car away?
Find out how to avoid flood-driving (as well as flood-damaged cars).
Your winter car kit
Part of being prepared for winter driving means being prepared to be stuck. No matter how good a winter driver you may be, you never know when conditions might worsen to the point that your only option is to pull over and wait it out. When this happens, you’d be wise to have your winter car kit fully stocked.
Check out our 11 must-haves for your winter car kit to make sure you have everything you need.
And because November signals the beginning of deer-mating season and a related increase in accidents involving cars and animals, don’t miss this post on how to steer clear of Bambi.
Whether you’re facing down a blizzard in Babbitt, Minnesota, or waiting out a thunderstorm in South Ogeechee, Georgia, use these tips to stay safe (and hopefully warm and dry) this winter.