Prepare your vehicle: Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Check the brakes, tires, battery, windshield wipers, and make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid. Consider purchasing winter tires for better traction.
Slow down: Snow and ice can make roads slippery, so reduce your speed and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
Increase following distance: Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you, at least 6 seconds. Snow can reduce visibility and increase stopping distance.
Use low gears: When driving on slippery roads, use a low gear to maintain traction and control.
Brake and steer gently: Avoid sudden movements or rapid braking as it can cause loss of control on slippery roads. Brake gently and steer smoothly to maintain control of your vehicle.
Avoid sudden movements: Avoid sudden movements, such as quick acceleration or jerky steering, which can cause your vehicle to skid on slippery roads.
Avoid cruise control: Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads. The sudden increase in speed can cause a loss of control.
Watch for black ice: Be aware of black ice, which is a thin layer of transparent ice that forms on roads, bridges, and overpasses. It is difficult to see, so watch for shiny or wet-looking patches on the road.
Pack an emergency kit: Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including a shovel, warm clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, water, and a phone charger.
By following these tips, you’ll be better prepared for winter driving and increase your chances of staying safe on the road.