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Proper etiquette on the roadWednesday, October 31, 2012

Category:Outdoor and Recreation

SUV and truck drivers are getting ready for the winter by having their oil changed and winter tires installed, but there are a few more things that need to be done in preparation for the low temperatures and slippery conditions.

Common courtesies on the road are often forgotten during the winter because the temperatures are so low and motorists are concerned with just getting to their cars or SUVs and getting warmer, but there are steps that can be taken that don't involve standing out in the cold for longer than you have to.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association, there are several things that need to be a better motorist.

The first tip is to give yourself extra time in bad weather, which some people consider to be a no-brainer. Since the roads are slicker during the winter time with snow and ice blanketing them, having more time to maneuver through traffic and slow down can be the difference between making it to point A to point B safely or ending up in a roadside ditch calling AAA for assistance.

Motorists should also remove all the snow from their vehicle before they pull away from their homes. Since visibility may already be impaired, depending on the weather, snow should be completely removed from the exterior, especially the top since snow may melt and fall down on the windshield, which could further impair visibility.

Avoiding using cruise control is also encouraged because of the slippery roads, so winter tires are a must.

Another courtesy accessory that is often neglected on vehicles are mud flaps. Every truck or SUV should have mud flaps, especially during the winter when tires can slide and push snow and other debris on small vehicles behind them. Trucks and SUVs have even been known to push rocks behind them and crack windshields, which would probably go unnoticed by the driver and cause major damage to a small compact car.

If drivers are looking at the best accessories that could make their vehicles safe, in addition to standing out on the road and when they have friends driving with them, Husky Liners® is the perfect place to look. Husky Liners® also offers custom car mats and cargo liners that will make it easier to keep your SUV or truck's interior clean.