Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) December 18, 2009
According to the National Academy of Sciences, weather plays a role in approximately 28 percent of all crashes and accounts for 19 percent of all roadway fatalities in the U.S. each year. December 21st marks the first day of winter. Appropriately, CURE Auto Insurance provides tips to drive safe this season.
1. Check your shoes. Removing ice and snow from your shoes before getting in your vehicle helps avoid fogging windows. As they melt, they create moisture build-up, causing fog on the inside. If you forget, turn on your air conditioner for a few minutes which counteracts the fog by becoming a dehumidifier.
2. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These all have potential to develop black ice. Due to the difference in the exposure to air and sunlight, the surface condition can be even worse on a bridge or a shaded area.
3. Don't pass snow plows or sanding trucks. These drivers have limited visibility and you're more likely to find that the road in front of them is worse than the road behind. Stay patient and follow behind at a safe distance.
4. Remove snow and ice from your car before driving. This not only helps your visibility but ensures your safety and the safety of other drivers. Don't forget to remove ice and snow from the roof or your car as it has the potential to fly off and cause serious injury to other drivers. Also don't forget to clean off your headlights and taillights.
5. Check the exhaust pipe. When winter weather arrives make sure your exhaust pipe isn't clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment when the engine is running.
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.
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