Winter Driving Safety

Driving in the winter demands a lot of preparation because your car will have different needs and requirements then during other seasons. It is always of utmost importance to consider safety. So before winter comes, be sure to check on these winter driving safety tips.

Winter Driving Safety Measures

Check your car battery. Make sure that it is adequately charged for the winter. Check your tires too. It’s important to have good snow tires since driving in the snow can be extremely hazardous especially during winter storms. Never reduce tire pressure to attain higher traction in snow. If you live in an area that has a long hot summer make sure to check your tires before the rainy weather of fall and winter sets in since worn down tires make it more likely your car will slide on the roads during the first rainfall.

Make sure that your windshield wipers and defroster are working and are in good shape. Your washer reservoir should have antifreeze fluid in it too. Your fog light should be working if your car has one. Fog lights are very helpful in extreme weather where visibility is greatly reduced.

Make sure that your headlights are working as well because during winter, visibility is almost always compromised.

Bring your cell phone with you every time you go out on a drive, in case of emergency. On the other hand, never speak on your cell phone while driving as this is known to cause accidents.

Give more distance between your car and the one in front of you. Icy roads are extremely slippery and definitely increase the need for braking distance. That is also why when making a turn, do it slowly to reduce your chance of skidding or sliding sideways.

The brakes are very important too. A good driver must know which type of brake system his vehicle has. If your car has anti-lock brakes, hit on the brakes hard and maintain it until your car comes to a stop. If however, your car doesn’t have anti-lock, pump on the brakes slowly.

Don’t panic when you start to skid off the track. Let go off the brakes and gas, shift to neutral and steer your car carefully.

Winter driving tips always include the advice to  drivers to expect the unexpected. Plan ahead of time and check weather forecasts. If driving conditions are too dangerous, then never push through. When the road is heavily covered with snow, follow the tire tracks made by other cars but stay alert for icy patches or black ice. Stay safe and vigilant all the time by sticking to these tips for winter driving safety.

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