GEICO offers winter safe driving tips this holiday season

driving in winter

WASHINGTON--December 18, 2012: --'Tis the season for holiday travels and GEICO is encouraging all drivers to be prepared for dangerous road conditions. With more cars on the highways and extreme weather conditions in some parts of the country, it's important for drivers to stay focused on the roads during this holiday season.

Here are some of those important safety tips for all drivers:

  • 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 another car. You should avoid cutting in front of trucks and braking suddenly, as they need more room to stop.

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