Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) December 11, 2009
A recent national survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that long distance travel increases by as much as 23 percent during the winter holiday period. As much as 91 percent of long-distance travel is done by car. CURE Auto Insurance offers the following tips to help drivers and their families have a safe and happy holiday season.
1. Celebrate in moderation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that most deaths each year involving alcohol-related car accidents occur on December 23rd and January 1st. Don't drink and drive and be aware of those around you reporting suspicious activity to the police.
2. Know what to do if you get stuck in snow. Spinning your wheels will only dig you deeper. Instead, turn your wheels from side to side to push snow out of the way. Lightly hit the gas to ease your car out, and if possible, shovel snow away from the tires. If all else fails, try rocking the vehicle. Shift from forward to reverse and back with a light touch on the gas each time until the vehicle gets going.
3. Be careful on hills. Do not increase speed up hills. Applying that extra gas on a snow-covered road allows your wheels to start spinning, whenever possible, avoid stopping on hills because your car can begin to roll backwards. Lastly, let your car descend down a potentially slippery slope on its own. Try not to apply gas if it is not completely necessary.
4. Don't panic. If you should become stranded during a winter storm stay with your vehicle and do not panic. Keep the motor running for about 10 minutes every hour to keep it warm but keep windows open a little to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide. Try to make the car visible with brightly colored cloths tied to the side view mirrors, door handles or external antenna as a signal of distress.
5. Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces. Many holiday drivers rack up major miles visiting friends and family for their festive celebrations. Although you have a long trip ahead of you, cruise control does not know the roads like you do and may power through potentially dangerous areas. Be the driver and stay in control.
For more driving tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.