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Three Key Safety Points For Winter Driving

October 09, 2019, 2:08pm EDT

Driving in tough weather can be really risky and scary but Kidneys Cars is here to help. Here are three important tips for driving safely in winter.

The statistics 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 5.8 million vehicle crashes every year. About 21% of these, which is nearly 1.24 million, are because of bad weather. Bad weather includes things like rain, snow, and icy roads. In these weather-related crashes, almost 5,000 people die, and more than 418,000 people get hurt each year. Most of these crashes occur on wet roads, especially during rain (70%). A smaller number happens during winter conditions, like snow or icy roads (18%). Only 3% of these crashes occur in foggy conditions. 

Safe driving tips

1. Slow down

When it's snowy or icy, go slow. If you're about to turn, gently tap your brakes before turning, then let go of the brakes and turn the steering wheel. Only start to speed up after straightening your car. Going slow gives you more time to handle slippery roads.

2. Stay calm

If your car starts sliding, stay calm. If it sways out (fishtails), gently press the accelerator to straighten it. If you're sliding forward, straighten the wheel and lightly use the brakes. When driving in snow or slippery conditions, be gentle with the accelerator, brakes, and steering to stay in control.

3. Maintain your car

Keep your car in good shape all year, but especially in winter. Check your tires, battery, antifreeze, and wipers. Use no-freeze wiper fluid. Know your car's limits and features, even if you have traction control or anti-lock brakes. Always keep a safe distance from the car in front, and adjust your speed based on the weather.

By following these simple tips, you can handle slippery roads better and reduce the chances of accidents, making your winter journeys safer.

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To donate your car to Kidney Cars, follow these steps:

  1. Contact us: Call us at 800-488-2277 (CARS) or complete our online form.
  2. Schedule free towing: Arrange a convenient time and location for us to tow your vehicle for free. We'll pick it up at a time that suits you best.
  3. Receive tax receipt: Expect to receive a receipt within 30 days for tax purposes. If you itemize your deductions, you can deduct the greater of your car's actual sale price or $500 from your taxes.

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