Winter Weather Road Safety Tips
With this latest winter storm, much of the country is dealing with snow and ice. Even areas of the country that don't ever get this type of weather are having to brave it to get to work, school and the store. Driving in the ice, especially black ice that you can't see, requires cautious driving. Here are some tips on how to make it safely to your destination if you aren't able to stay home instead.
- Clear all your windows and mirrors fully so there are no obstructions to your view entirely around the vehicle.
- Drive slowly and leave plenty of extra room between you and all other vehicles.
- Do not use cruise control.
- Don't slam on your brakes; brake carefully.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel; inclement weather is not the time to hold a coffee, and never text and drive.
- Keep a bag of sand or salt in your trunk. Not only will it provide extra weight and traction to the rear of your car in the event of a skid or getting stuck, but you can pour it under your tires if you get stuck.
- Bridges and overpasses tend to ice up faster than the rest of your road. Keep your eyes out, and even if you can't see ice, pay extra attention.
- As always, keep the car maintained, let it warm up before you get on the road, and don't let your gas gauge get too low.
- If you're driving a rental car, be sure to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the vehicle before you leave the rental location lot. If you have questions about any of the amenities or equipment, please ask the attendant and they'll be glad to help you.
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