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Winter Driving Dangers

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Did you know that winter storms are the leading cause of weather-related car crash fatalities? Each year, more than 116,000 people in the U.S. are injured and more than 1,300 are killed while driving on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

We know that family peace of mind is of utmost importance to Life360 users, so we worked hard on providing more than just location information: our newest feature, Driving, gives families peace of mind on the road and off.

As we approach winter, ice and black ice become a major concern. Tires cannot properly grip ice, and steering and stopping become difficult. Even when temperatures aren’t freezing, ice can still be on the road, and black ice is more dangerous because it looks like the road is just simply wet.

 

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In addition to the tips we list below, winter is the best and most important time to talk to your loved ones about putting Life360 on their phones and turning Drive Detection on. Whether a family member is stranded, or an accident occurs, the app can help.

 

One reviewer says:

“I work in the medical field. I can tell you how many times people get in car accidents and end up in a ditch. No one knows of these people until its too late. This app can find you and perhaps even save your life. Specially in snowing conditions.”

 

Not only will knowing your loved ones location help when you’re worried about their winter trips, our Driver Protect features Crash Detection. In the awful event that a collision may occur, the phone’s gyroscope, the speed of the car, and our patented technology can detect the crash and will call emergency services immediately. Know your loved ones are safe and taken care of.

To be proactive about safe winter driving, there are things you can do now to prepare for being safe on the road in snowy or icy conditions.

  1. Check your tire pressure. Pressure drops in the cold, so although your tires may have been fine over the summer, they may need extra air now that temps have dropped.
  2. Fill up your window washer reservoir, and keep extra fluid in the trunk. In snowy conditions, you can easily use a lot of washer fluid to keep your windshield clear.
  3. Keep winter driving essentials in your car: kitty litter, an ice scraper, and a flashlight. If your tires get stuck in snow, spreading an abrasive material like kitty litter around them can help you get out. An ice scraper is a must-have for clearing your windows of snow and ice, and a flashlight is helpful to keep handy considering the sun sets earlier during the winter.
  4. Plan your route, and give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Driving safely in snowy or icy conditions requires everyone on the road to drive slower and stay alert.

Whether your loved ones are driving, or riding in the car with others, Life360 will help provide peace of mind this season. Comment below and tell us how you’ve used Life360 in car-related situations!

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