Safe Winter Driving Tips
By the time the first snow of winter falls, you're accustomed to driving on clean, safe roads. It's easy to get out of the habit of winter driving safety, so here are a few tips to consider before you turn the ignition this winter.
Cold Weather Safety
When the temperatures start to drop, it's more and more important to make sure that you are driving in a safe vehicle. Check the tire pressure and tread to make sure that they are at safe levels. Your tire shop can help you identify any problems with the tread or tire pressure. Remember that the tire pressure changes with the air temperature. Don't let your fuel supply drop too low. If you become stranded, your car is your primary source of heat. It's a good idea to fill up before it drops below 1/3 tank.
Maintaining Vehicle Control
When your tires come in contact with snow or ice, your ability to steer and slow your vehicle is greatly reduced. With this in mind, you should keep your speed and following distance at appropriate levels. The more ice there is, the slower you should go. This is not a time to race or do any crazy driving stunts. It's important to maintain full control of your vehicle at all times.
Winter Storm Suggestions
If there is a winter storm, you should be extra careful to drive only when necessary. Let someone know where you're going and what time you will return. Bring a snow shovel, flashlight, blanket, and extra food and water. You want to be able to keep warm and visible if your vehicle becomes stuck. Check the weather forecast and news reports before you leave home. Beware of areas with high winds, drifting, and freezing rain. Stay well below the speed limit and extra far behind the person in front of you. Make sure that you always have plenty of fuel in your vehicle.