Safety in the Snow
Winter is officially here and snow season has begun. Snowed out roads and hazardous driving conditions are a complete package from December to March. These easy tips will help you stay safe while driving this winter.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Severe cold and heavy snow can be hard on your vehicle. The first thing you need to do is have your car winterized to make sure it is in the best shape possible to take on winter storms. Some simple steps to take are:
- Make sure the battery is fully charged
- Check your tires pressure
- Change to an oil that provides better winter performance
- Check windshield wipers and wiper fluid
Practice Driving In The Snow
Certain braking techniques and driving maneuvers are proven effective when you are driving in heavy snow conditions. By practicing these moves in an empty parking lot you will be prepared when it comes time to taking on the busier streets and highways.
- Drive slowly and become familiar with the thickness of ice and snow under tire
- Brake when turning corners to make sure you don’t skid into on-coming traffic
- If you start to skid turn into it and accelerate slightly to get control of your vehicle
- If you get stuck in the snow try rocking it back and forth until your tires are free
Be Trained To Deal With Emergencies
Unpredictable conditions can lead to flat tires, dead batteries and icy windshields. By being prepared and trained on how to install and take care of certain matters it will relieve your anxiety and make you more comfortable driving in the winter.
- Learn how to replace a flat tire
- Practice installing tire chains for hazardous road conditions
- Carry jumper cables and learn how to jump start your car battery
- Carry an ice chipper and snow brush to maintain clean windows
Driving on winter roads can be scary but if you are prepared and ready for any situation it will ensure a stress free snow season. Follow these quick and easy steps to stay safe and secure on the dangerous roads.