Driving Safe in Winter

Driving Safe in Winter

Winter driving can be a daunting task for those who have never experienced it before. If you are planning to tackle winter driving and head up north, there are some things to consider ensuring a safe journey.

First, it is a good idea to have some basic tools in your vehicle. They are:

  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Abrasive Material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats)
  • Shovel
  • Snow Brush and ice scraper
  • Warning devices (like flares)
  • Blankets
  • No-freeze washer fluid
  • Cell phone car charger

A quick check of your vehicle can also help keep you safe. Check the battery so that you can make sure your car starts in the cold. Checking the tire tread on your vehicle can help maximize traction in slippery conditions. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape so that they can give you better visibility. Keep your windows clear of anything that can obstruct your view of the road and your surroundings.

Of course, if there is already snow on your vehicle, you should take the time to thoroughly clear the snow off your vehicle. Starting your vehicle and then clearing off the snow allows for your vehicle to warm up – and it will be nice to get into a warm vehicle after spending some time clearing the snow. Make sure headlights and tail lights are clear in addition to the windows. Other drivers on the road will appreciate it!

Once you start driving, there are some beneficial techniques to consider. If you start to skid, steer into the skid to help regain control of the vehicle. Remember that in slippery conditions, it’s much more difficult to come to a stop. Leaving ample space between you and the vehicle in front of you will give you the chance to stop. If your vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes, stomp on the brake to allow the antilock technology to do its job. If no antilock brakes are available, pumping the brakes will have the same effect. Driving slow in inclement weather is always a good idea.

Getting stranded is still a possibility no matter how prepared you may be. Should you find yourself in this situation, stay with your vehicle if it is safe to do so. Utilize warning devices such as flares to allow other drivers to see you are pulled over. Cars that are equipped with OnStar or other such services can come in handy. AAA also offers roadside assistance, as do many insurance companies or credit card companies.

Winter driving doesn’t have to be a negative experience. With a little preparation ahead of time and caution while driving, you can have a pleasant and safe journey. Buckle up and safe travels!

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