Fall and winter are our busiest times at Ron’s Collision Center. It gets dark earlier, and the weather, well, what can we say about the weather in Somerset County? The white stuff is pretty, but it can be a challenge. Unfortunately many of the accidents we see could have been prevented. Below is our list of top tips for safer winter driving. We’re calling them “secrets,” but they are really just common sense.

  1. Slow down in bad weather. Increase the following distance between your car and the next one, double or sometimes even triple the space you’d allow in summer. Accelerate slowly, turn gently and begin braking way before you reach that stop light.
  2.  Keep your windows clean. If it’s snowing, take time to clear the windshield, side and back windows. Don’t forget your headlights and taillights. Maybe get new wiper blades.
  3. Use your headlights at all times, not just at night. Make it easy for other drivers to see you.
  4. Don’t let yourself get distracted. No looking at cell phones, forget setting up the music app, no searching for the nearest gas station on the map app. Don’t drive if  you’re sleepy or if you’ve been drinking. (Told you these were common sense tactics.) You have to be wise when you get behind the wheel.
  5. Watch the weather. Sometimes it may be better to just stay home. If you’re going out in bad weather, make sure you have a cell phone in the car as well as blanket(s), gloves, food, water, and any medication you may need. If something should happen, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. It’ll provide temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to find you.