Winter Weather Driving Tips
By: Good2GoPublished: December 14, 2015
The warm weather is long gone. It’s no longer clear skies and sun, which can make travelling a drag. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop when the snow and bitter cold arrive. We still have jobs to get to and errands to run, which is why it’s important to take the necessary precautions to remain safe throughout the winter. Here are some winter weather driving tips to keep you safe on the snow-covered roads.
Forget about cruise control
Yes, on longer drives, cruise control is a welcomed feature, but it can be dangerous if used during poor driving conditions. The use of cruise control during a snow storm, or even a rain storm, can prove deadly. The feature does exactly what it’s supposed to – it takes the control away from the driver, and that’s exactly what you want to avoid. During winter months it’s imperative to stay alert and maintain a safe speed manually without the assistance of cruise control.
Keep it slow and do not tailgate
Sometimes it’s best to be the tortoise. During the winter, most drivers will be maintaining slower speeds and so should you. The slower you go, the more control you have over your vehicle, which obviously decreases the likelihood of being in an accident. And accidents suck.
We’ve all been there – a minor drizzle or light flurry and the car in front of you is suddenly going frustratingly slow. Even in these scenarios it’s important to keep two car-lengths between your car and theirs. No one wants their car insurance premiums to skyrocket because of a silly fender bender!
Know your car and its limits
You know your car better than anyone else. If your clunker struggles to make it across town even on the most perfect of days, it’s probably best not to take it out during rough weather. The safest bet is to have your vehicle checked out by the local mechanic before you trek through snowstorms. Having the peace of mind, knowing your vehicle is well-maintained, will make the winter months much more bearable.
Mind your gas and battery
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be stranded on the side of the road in near freezing temperatures? It doesn’t sound fun. Before making a long winter drive, always make sure you have a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas. You may even want to carry a gas can in your trunk just in case. If for some reason you do get stranded, idling the car is the best way to keep the cabin warm. You’re going to need gas for that.
Invest in tires
For those who live in areas that experience all four seasons, now may be the time to invest in winter tires. Some drivers have two sets of tires, one set for the summer months, and another for the winter. This requires a hefty initial investment, but the benefits are priceless. Without boring you to death with technical hoopla, winter tire treads are designed to channel ice and snow away from the tire’s surface. This special tread design helps you maintain traction in treacherous conditions.
The most important thing to do when driving is to stay alert. Mother Nature is unpredictable. Drivers are unpredictable. By paying attention to your surroundings, you can remain safe and find enjoyment during the holiday season!
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