ATLANTA, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As a successful NASCAR driver with 17 career wins, Jeff Burton's goal is always the winner's circle. For everyday drivers, destinations vary. But regardless whether you're driving around a racetrack or on a highway, the best chance you have to reach your goal safely is by exercising caution and minimizing distractions.
Now that winter is here and, along with it, the increased threat of inclement weather, being alert behind the wheel takes on an even greater importance. Snow, ice, and freezing rain can make driving conditions extremely difficult, even for an experienced driver like Burton. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. That's why it's important for motorists to pay extra attention this time of year and limit distractions.
Though Burton doesn't race in adverse weather conditions when he's behind the wheel of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet, he is well aware of the potential hazards posed by driving in unexpected weather off the track. As a result, he is joining forces with Cingular Wireless to remind drivers of tips on how to "Be Sensible" during the winter driving season. The following are some valuable habits for motorists to follow during the winter months to help ensure their safety and that of everyone on the road.
emergencies. It's also good to have an ice scraper, a shovel and a bag of sand to help with traction.
"My success as a NASCAR driver depends on being alert, especially at speeds of 150 miles per hour," says Burton. "But it shouldn't matter when or where you're driving, safety should be every driver's top priority, especially during poor weather conditions. By making these tips part of their normal driving routine, motorists will help ensure that they get to their destination safely this winter."