Driving Nice on Snow and Ice
Winter is a beautiful time of year. Soft blankets of snow cover the ground. Still, cold, crystalized mornings welcome the day. But this chilly season is also one of the most dangerous times of year to be on the road. Snowy and icy road conditions result in over 330,000 accidents a year, killing more than 1,000 people per season.
Below are three driver-friendly tips to consider when you buckle up for a ride on treacherous roads.
1. Maintain Your Man Mover
Before the season of serious winter storms arrives, schedule a maintenance check-up for your car. Make sure your car has proper fluid levels like windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, oil and gas (keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car at all times is advisable during winter months). If you live in an area that is known for constant, heavy snow conditions, consider investing in a set of snow tires to give your car more grip on snowy roads.
2. Smooth and Slow
Allow ample time to reach your destination. Drive slow, use lower gears, and keep at least 10 seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Apply firm, steady pressure to breaks when skidding and do not jerk the wheel. Lastly, never use cruise control in wet or snowy conditions.
3. Keep a Kit
Prepare a winter kit to keep in your car for the duration of the season. Invest in a snowbrush, ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables and extra wiper fluid. Extra boots, a warm blanket, gloves and a hat are also advisable to include in your preparations. Consider investing in chains or tire ladders if you live in an area with significant snowfall, slush or ice.