With the official start to the winter season just around the corner, and snow flurries in the weekend forecast, it’s time to start getting out our shovels to prepare. It is also important to prepare for driving in this type of weather. Read on to learn about our tips for driving in the snow and ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly and try to avoid moving in a hurry. Take your time when turning and stopping for a stoplight. When the roads are slick your tires can spin, making it more difficult for you to have control of your vehicle.
- During normal driving circumstances a safe following distance is 3-4 seconds. That time should be increased to 8-10 seconds when there is snow on the pavement, as it can take longer to come to a stop when the roads are slick.
- Don’t try to power up hills. When applying extra gas your wheels will only spin in place. Instead, apply enough gas to make sure you reach the top and then reduce your speed to go down the hill slowly.
- Don’t stop if you don’t have to– whether going up a hill or on flat ground, it’s a lot harder to accelerate from a complete stop.
- When driving in slippery conditions, do not use your cruise control.
- And lastly, if the snow becomes ice, or is otherwise dangerous to you, simply stay home.
Along with these driving tips, there are other safety tips that are important to follow during the winter months.
- Don’t run your vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Get a tune-up for your car by checking all fluids, brakes and tires.
- Keep you gas tank at least half full.
Be prepared with winter driving by following these safety tips, and be sure to review them with your family members, especially new drivers.
Have a happy and safe holiday season from Kaiman & Crahan!