Safety Tips for Driving in the Snow

As winter creeps closer and closer, we need to start thinking about the possibility of snow. Snow in any amount, even flurries, can cause problems on the road and could be potentially dangerous. Here are a few tips to stay safe in the cold season ahead.

Driving around town

If you can, when the weather is bad, it’s best to stay home and avoid potential issues. If you do go out, drive slowly. As roads get slippery, your tires will have less traction on the road, so you’ll need to adjust your speed to account for that. Because of the lower traction, it will take longer to speed up and slow down, but don’t get impatient – apply the gas and brake slowly to avoid skidding. Since stopping will take longer, it’s important to leave additional space between you and the car in front of you. When driving up hill, avoid stopping at all costs. Getting started from a full stop in the snow is difficult, and adding a hill to that will add additional difficulties and could cause you to roll back or slide. If traffic is stopping on a hill, slow down in advance and let your car slowly roll until it’s time to move again.

When driving in inclement weather, it’s so important to keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel for additional support. Just like in rain, it’s important to keep your headlights on to drivers can see you, and you can see all your surroundings. If you find yourself skidding on a patch of ice, the best thing you can do it look where you want to go – not where your car is going.

Driving long distances

Before heading out, it’s helpful to check the weather along your route. If there are parts that look extra severe, it may be best to consider an alternate route or change the dates of your trip.

If you’re planning to move ahead, load up your car with an easy to reach cold weather kit with snacks, blankets, a cell phone charger, a flashlight, first aid kit, and jumper cables. Fill up your tank with gas – when the weather gets cold, it’s best to not let your tank get below half full.

Driving during this season is unavoidable, so be prepared. Come into Performance Auto to have your brakes and tires inspected to make sure they are road ready.

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