As the weather gets colder, we all anticipate driving conditions becoming worse and worse. Just as the first few flakes of a snowstorm start to build up, so does traffic. Follow these 10 driving tips to stay safe while you’re driving in the snow and ice this winter season.
- Drive slowly
Perhaps the most difficult thing about driving in harsh conditions is braking. To stop your vehicle safely, you’ll need extra time. Know if you have anti-lock brakes to determine whether you should pump your brakes or slam them in case of a potential accident.
- Pay Extra Close Attention
When the weather is bad, all bets are off. It may be difficult to recognize familiar locations, traffic signs and even other vehicles. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, rather than playing with the radio or checking your messages on your smartphone.
- Avoid Using Cruise Control
If you lose traction while driving with cruise control, your wheels will continue to spin and accelerate, throwing your car into a difficult-to-manage position. Cruise control also makes it easy to lose focus while driving. It’s best to avoid cruise control for the Winter.
- Give Yourself Extra Room
Braking or other quick actions are much more difficult in severe weather, so make sure you have more than enough room in front of you in case you need to stop suddenly. Defensive driving can save your life in the harsh conditions of Winter.
- Keep Your Vehicle Clean
Scrape all of your windows and mirrors before driving to make sure you have adequate vision. Don’t forget to clean your hood and roof to avoid snow blowing and obstructing yours or other vehicles’ view.
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