10 Tips for Safer Winter Driving
When it comes to driving in wintry weather conditions, sometimes the best advice is to simply to stay home and avoid being out on the roads all together. Realistically, that’s not always possible.
When snow and ice hit and you need to venture out, make sure you and your car are prepared. Watch the video and check out these 10 winter driving safety tips.
Prepare Your Car Before a Snowstorm
- Check under the hood. Make sure you have plenty of antifreeze, that your hoses are in good condition, and your battery’s terminals are clean.
- Test your windshield wipers to check the condition of your blades. Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
- Test heaters and defrosters ahead of time to make sure they’re in good working condition.
- Check all your lights and periodically clear them of snow and dirt.
- Fill up. Keep your gas tank at least half full in the winter to avoid gas line freeze up.
Driving During and After a Storm
- Reduce your speed. Increase the distance between you and the car ahead of you and allow extra time for braking.
- If you start to lose traction, don’t panic. Take your foot off the gas to gradually reduce your speed. Accelerate again slowly once you feel traction is regained.
- If you start to skid, steer in the direction of the skid.
- Snow banks can cause blind spots. Be extra cautious at intersections and watch for pedestrians as well as other vehicles.
- Keep sunglasses in the car. Once the weather clears, glare from the sun reflecting off the snow can affect visibility.