Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety 

Winter driving can be a challenge, especially with the added risk of sleet, snow, and icy roads. By taking additional safety measures, you can reduce your risk of accidents and stay safe on the road. Don’t let poor weather catch you off guard; be proactive, stay focused, and follow these helpful tips to ensure you make it to your destination safely this winter.

By taking simple measures, you can safeguard yourself and those around you from accidents.

Keep up on Winter Maintenance — Make sure your tires, battery, exhaust system, wiper blades, brakes, and steering are in good condition, in addition to regular maintenance. To remove road salt film from your windshield efficiently, replace worn windshield wiper blades. Before temperatures drop for the winter months, replace your everyday windshield washer solution with a stronger solution made to handle freezing temperatures. A weak solution can freeze on the windshield and obstruct your vision.

Clear your Car of Ice and Snow Before Hitting the Road — Plan accordingly. Give yourself additional time before leaving to thoroughly brush off your car’s front, back, and side windows, using the scraper end of the brush to clear any ice or snow. Don’t forget to brush off the hood and top of the car, to prevent snow from blowing back onto the windshield and rear window.

Avoid foggy windows – Start your car 5-10 minutes before you plan to drive it. Once you’re ready to hit the road, turn on the defroster to gradually warm up the windshield and prevent sudden fogging. Make sure the inside air is warm enough to prevent condensation from forming on the glass.

Icy Roads, Now what?  When driving in adverse weather conditions, it’s important to adjust your speed accordingly. Keep both hands on the wheel and make smooth, gradual turns. If you find yourself in a slippery situation, gently press the gas pedal to avoid wheel spinning. If they do start to spin, release slowly and maintain a light touch on the gas pedal to avoid slipping. Remember, you can’t maneuver on snow and ice as easily as on dry pavement. It’s best to slow down and increase your following distance.

Stopping on ice and snow — When driving on slick surfaces, it is important to pump your brakes in an alternating manner to slow down effectively, rather than locking the wheels. Locking the front wheels can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Slow down and brake before intersections and areas with frequent stopping as they are likely to be icy.

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