Fog, snowfall, ice and strong winds are just a few of the weather conditions winter brings! While weather conditions might be out of your control, there are road safety tips you can incorporate to sharpen your winter driving conditions and help avoid accidents in the season ahead.
Back It Up
Maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you is especially important in the winter. Be sure to increase your breaking distance compared to usual. It’s easy to lose control and traction when roads are slick with snow and ice. Allowing more distance gives you and your car more time to respond to the road conditions ahead.
Slow and Steady
Breaking and accelerating slowly and gradually is critical. In harsh conditions it can be hard to get traction so abruptly hitting the gas can cause your tires to simply spin. Slowing your speed down will help you stop more easily and decrease your chance of accidents. If you’re driving a manual vehicle, leverage your gears to assist you in breaking safely.
Few people are gifted with a lifetime of perfect vision. Add sleet, fog and limited light to the mix and you’ve got all the necessary ingredients for a potential disaster! Another gift winter brings is worsened visibility, making it even harder to see roadblocks, other cars or wildlife. Turning on your defroster several minutes before driving can help clear the fogs trapped inside your windows and improve visibility.
Weather conditions in the winter can turn on a dime. Make sure to check your weather app or local news channel before hitting the road. If they are forecasting inclement weather, it might be better to table that trip to the grocery store until tomorrow. Use your best judgment when driving in the winter.