GEICO asks: Are you prepared for more winter driving if the groundhog sees his shadow?

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 30, 2019 – Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, one thing is for certain—winter doesn't officially end until March 20. That means plenty more chances exist for inclement weather, and GEICO asks drivers to prepare accordingly with the following tips.

  • Clear your car: Prior to heading out after a storm, clean snow and ice off your car to maximize visibility. Remember to also clear the roof, as large chunks of snow and ice can fly off and strike other vehicles, creating a hazard.
  • Inspect wipers and washer fluid: Worn wiper blades smear water on the windshield, limiting visibility. Keep your vehicle's windshield washer fluid reservoir filled so you can clear the windshield of salt and grime whenever necessary.
  • Check tire pressure: Cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure. Driving with tires at the incorrect pressure affects steering and can cause a blowout risk according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Look on the sidewall of the tire to see what the correct pressure is for your car's tires.
  • Keep your gas tank close to full: Winter weather can cause unexpected traffic jams, and you don't want to have to worry about conserving fuel.
  • Mind your speed: It's vitally important to take it slow on slippery roads, and increase your following distance.
  • Keep supplies handy: Ice scrapers, a snow shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, a blanket and a spare phone charger can help if you find yourself stranded in winter weather.
  • Monitor the road surface: A road that appears wet could actually have black ice forming on it. Prepare to slow down if you approach an icy surface.

For more safe driving tips, visit GEICO's Safe Driving Resources page.

GEICO graphic with winter safe driving tips

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.