Driving When the Roads Are Icy

Winters in Arlington, TX include freezing temperatures and even the occasional snow. When there is ice on the road, it is best to avoid it. Delay your drive until the road conditions improve if that is at all possible. However, despite your best effort to avoid this type of driving condition, there may be times when you find yourself on an icy road. At State Insurance Solutions, while we advise against driving on ice, we also want you to know what to do should you encounter it on the road.

Safety Precautions to Take on Ice Roads

First, take it slow. Driving fast through the ice will not get you out of the situation quicker. In fact, it can make matters worse. When you travel at high speeds on icy roads, you are putting yourself, your passengers, and even other drivers at risk. Don’t go over 45 miles per hour on an icy road, not even a highway.

Secondly, if you must brake, do not press down hard on the brakes because this may cause your car to slide and get out of control. If you do begin sliding, the safest thing to do is turn you wheel in the direction that the car’s back side is sliding to regain control.

What to Do if an Accident Happens

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, try to move your vehicle to a safe place if possible and don’t get out of it until help arrives. Accidents on icy roads often happen in multiples and another car could lose control after the initial accident and hit you. Remain calm and give your agent at State Insurance Solutions of Arlington, TX a call as soon as possible. We are here to help.

The Keys to Child Safety at Home

Raising kids is the greatest calling, but no matter how amazing you are as a parent, you can’t keep a watchful eye on them 100 percent of the time. If you want to avoid some of the biggest home dangers for kids in Arlington, TX, take a look at the simple guide compiled from research by State Insurance Solutions.

Hazardous Materials

You know the general list. Cleaning supplies and medication should be locked up and out of reach of the kids. You can add sharp and heavy tools to this list as well. Any childproof cabinets, lock boxes or similar safety measures work equally well for both types of danger. In fact, locking toolboxes can be an excellent place to store some of your cleaning supplies, provided it stays at room temperature and you keep track of the key. Mostly, the rule is simple: if you can get into without a specialized tool (like a key or safety latch), the kids can too.

Choking and Suffocating

Wow. This list looks pretty scary. As sad as it is, these are the leading causes of death for children under the age of five. Fortunately, you can take effective measures to avoid this tragedy. First, and most obvious, is to secure your pool if you have one. If it can’t be secured, drown-proof covers go a long way. Outside of swimming pools, there are still some hazards to manage. Any source of water, from scrub buckets to toilets, should be emptied when not in use or secured when possible. Aside from water, make sure anything small enough to fit in a mouth is never left in the open, and always ensure that your kids are eating the appropriate foods for their age.

Falls

If your kids are past infancy, you’ve already made it past the bulk of perils on this list. Unfortunately, falls are a big issue for kids (and even adults). The first step is to keep windows and doors secured. It reduces places where kids can climb and fall. Also, until the kids are big enough, keep the staircases barricaded. If you make sure appliances, furniture and other heavy objects, like TVs, are properly secured, you’ll mitigate the bulk of falling risks.

The final step of preparedness is to know what options you have to get your kids help when they need it. Talk to your State Insurance Solutions agent to make sure they’re protected, and you can live your Arlington, TX, lifestyle with a little more peace of mind.