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5 winter driving tips that will keep you safe

As a driver in the state of New Jersey, you know one thing to be true: The roadways can be a dangerous place during the winter months. You never know when snow, rain, sleet, ice, and heavy wind will enter the area. If you're behind the wheel and the conditions take a turn for the worse, it's important to adjust your driving style as to avoid serious trouble.

Here are five winter driving tips that can go a long way in keeping you safe:

1. Slow down if road conditions are less than ideal

Not only does this make it easier to stay in contact with the road, but it gives you more time to react in the event of an emergency.

2. Make sure your vehicle is prepared for cold weather

This means many things, including but not limited to inspecting your windshield wipers, making sure your heater works, and properly inflating your tires.

3. Keep enough gas in your tank

The last thing you want is to run out of gas in the middle of a winter storm.

4. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others on the road

If you get too close, especially in icy or snowy conditions, you run the risk of causing a rear end accident.

5. Always steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go

This tip will come in handy if you hit a patch of ice and realize that your tires have lost contact with the road.

AAA also shares a variety of advice for taking long distance winter trips. For example, you should always watch the weather before embarking on your journey.

Remember, just because there is no snow in one part of the state doesn't mean that this is true of another region.

Also, you should always feel comfortable pulling over if the conditions are too bad. Sure, you want to make time, but there is nothing more important than your health and well being. If you move your car to safety, you can wait for the storm to pass before once again hitting the road.

All of these tips will go a long way in keeping you safe when driving during the winter months.

However, there's one last thing to remember: Other drivers may not be taking the same approach, which means they could cause an accident.

If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is contact an ambulance and wait for police to arrive on the scene. From there, you can learn more about the cause of the accident as well as your legal rights.

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