Winter weather can pose serious dangers to travelers. Snow and sleet decrease visibility, and slick, icy roads make it difficult to safely stop and can cause you to slide.
Stay safe on the roads this season by following these tips for driving in winter weather:
- Buckle up!
- Before you leave the house, thoroughly remove any snow or ice from your front windshield, back windshield and side-view mirrors.
- Drive at a slower speed and leave yourself ample distance for braking.
- Keep your lights on even during the day to increase your visibility to other drivers.
- Avoid slamming on your brakes. You can avoid skidding by braking gently.
- Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze first and use extra caution when traveling on them.
- Be on the lookout for black ice – it will make the road look shiny and new.
- Don’t use cruise control. Severe weather conditions call for your complete control of the vehicle at all times.
- Allow yourself extra driving time so you can exercise proper caution.
- Consider delaying your trip if a severe storm is approaching.
- Prevent gas line freeze-up by keeping your tank at least half-full.
- Be sure your tires are properly inflated before you leave your house.