It tis the season! While we love the holidays and winter activities, we often have to drive to get to the fun! Winter driving can be dangerous, but a few practical tips for driving in the snow can make your trip easier and your arrival safe.
Unfortunately, it is over confident drivers that most often end up in the ditch. While confidence is a good thing, believing you have control on bad roads can lead to disaster. The following tips will keep you safe while driving in hazardous winter conditions:
- Be smooth! Deliberate, gentle movements lead to fewer accidents. Drive as though you have a cup of hot coffee in your lap . . . very carefully!
- Look ahead! Anticipate what might happen to the cars in front of you. This extra concentration will help you be aware of up coming problems and help you avoid them.
- Look! Focus on where you want to go! Drivers almost always end up where they are looking, so look at your destination not where the car is momentarily headed.
- Don’t panic! Learn to deal with skids, they are bound to happen sooner or later. Ease off the accelerator and stay off the brakes! When your car decides to head off on its own, you can often regain control by steering the same direction of the skid.
- Assess your traction! While driving in a straight line and a safe distance from other vehicles, gently apply the brakes. If the car begins to chatter, rest assured your anti-lock brakes are telling you the road is icy. Slow down and be aware of the conditions around you.
- Tires! Proper winter tires for driving in ice and snow make all the difference. Having a good snow tire will improve your traction. In extreme conditions, keeping a set of chains in the trunk is always a good idea.
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