There are worries about driving as winter weather sets in. Snowy and icy road conditions can be hazardous for vehicles and raise the possibility of crashes that result in significant injuries. If you get into an accident, get legal help.
Here are pointers for winter driving safety:
1. Always keep a “survival kit” in your car’s trunk.
Include supplies you might require if you break down or become stranded for a long time. Booster cables, wiper liquid, a snow shovel, a small broom, first aid supplies, a torch, gloves, a safety vest, lamps, bottled water, and non-perishable food can all be included in this list.
2. Before leaving, check the weather and the state of the roads.
This can let you know if there are any issues and give you a heads-up on what to anticipate. Then you can decide to take a more secure path or alter your plans if necessary.
3. Maintain a safe distance from snow plows.
You might not be visible to the plow drivers in their rearview mirrors. The plows’ operation might also impair your visibility as you drive through it.
4. Purchase snow tires.
In conditions below 7° C, all-season tires lose their traction and are less effective than winter tires. Winter tires will improve traction, handling, and braking in the snow. Additionally, they can reduce stopping distance by up to 25%.
5. Go slowly and allow yourself more time.
Travel at speed proportionate to the state of the road. Give yourself additional time to get there if it is cold outside.
6. Spend some time removing all ice and snow from your car.
All windows, mirrors, and lighting are included in this. Additionally, remove all ice and snow from the roof. Wait until the windows are clear before driving if they are foggy.
7. Put on comfortable clothing.
Although layering is usually a good idea in the cold, wearing too many garments might limit your mobility and impair your driving ability.
8. Maintain a full tank of gas.
This aids in the winter in a few different ways. Your fuel system has less moisture. Your fuel system has less moisture. Additionally, a full tank makes your car heavier.
9. When it is slick, turn off the cruise control.
In icy conditions, it can be straightforward to lose control of your car. If at all possible, avoid driving if the road conditions are extremely severe.
10. Understand how to stop a skid.
Different cars react differently depending on whether they have a rear-wheel, front-wheel, or four-wheel drive. Learn everything there is to know about your car, including the anti-lock braking system.