Drive safely this winter

Posted by Lori Gelvin Tuesday, December 19, 2023 3:10:00 PM

Driving in winter conditions can be challenging due to ice, snow, and cold temperatures. Here are some safety tips to help you navigate winter roads safely:

Check Weather and Road Conditions:

  • Stay informed about the weather forecast and road conditions before you start your journey.
  • Delay your trip if severe weather is expected.

Prepare Your Vehicle:

  • Ensure your vehicle is winter-ready by checking the battery, tires, brakes, and fluids.
  • Consider using winter tires for better traction on snow and ice.

Clear Snow and Ice:

  • Completely remove snow and ice from your vehicle, including windows, mirrors, lights, and the roof.
  • Keep a snowbrush and ice scraper in your car.

Drive Slowly:

  • Reduce your speed and increase the following distance to allow for longer stopping distances.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid skids.

Brake Gently:

  • Use gentle and steady pressure on the brakes to avoid skidding.
  • If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply constant pressure during a stop.

Stay Informed:

  • Listen to weather updates and traffic reports while driving.
  • Be aware of road signs and warnings.

Use Lights:

  • Keep your headlights on, even during the day, to enhance visibility.
  • Use your turn signals well in advance.

Avoid Cruise Control:

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces.
  • Maintaining control over acceleration is crucial in winter conditions.

Stay on Designated Roads:

  • Stick to well-traveled and plowed roads.
  • Avoid shortcuts and unfamiliar routes, especially during severe weather.

Keep an Emergency Kit:

  • Pack a winter emergency kit that includes a blanket, warm clothing, non-perishable snacks, water, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications.

Cell Phone and Charger:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and carry a car charger.
  • Have important numbers, including roadside assistance, programmed into your phone.

Be Mindful of Black Ice:

  • Watch out for areas where black ice may form, such as bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas.
  • Assume that any shiny, wet surface is icy.

Plan for Stops:

  • Plan for regular breaks to rest and warm up if you're on a long journey.
  • Inform someone about your travel plans and expected arrival time.

Don't Panic in a Skid:

  • If you start to skid, remain calm.
  • Steer in the direction you want to go and avoid sudden movements.

Know Your Vehicle:

  • Understand how your vehicle handles in winter conditions.
  • Practice driving in a snowy or icy parking lot to become familiar with your vehicle's behavior.

By following these safety tips, you can increase your chances of safely navigating winter roads. Remember, it's better to arrive late than not at all, so prioritize safety over speed in challenging conditions.

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