Driving can be dangerous but hitting the road in winter can hold even more dangers, many of which you may not be able to see. Black ice, slush, and plain old slick roads can lead to disaster if you don’t take the proper precautions. Fortunately driving in the snow is much safer if you just follow these tips for traveling in winter weather!
Driving your daily commute to and from work or school can be hazardous for the unprepared. Follow the usual tips, like slowing down and wearing your seat belt.
In addition to those tips, avoid using cruise control during winter unless roads are dry. It takes longer to stop on wet or slick roads and, if your foot is away from the pedals like when using cruise control, you may lose a few seconds of response time.
Make sure your tire tread is good and the tires themselves are properly inflated to maintain maximum traction. Even the littlest of slip can lead to disaster if your tires aren’t up to par! Always try to keep your gas tank at least a third full in case of an emergency.
Taking long trips doesn’t stop in winter. Many drivers will hit the road with a course plotted for a different state or country. The journey, many drivers may find, can be perilous without taking proper precautions.
Drivers would do well to watch weather reports before heading out on the road. Keep an eye along your route via smartphone as well. Delaying a trip for another day is better than not arriving at all.
If you happen to get stuck, stay in the vehicle. Do not try to walk in a snowstorm as it can make it much more difficult for responders to find you. Tie a bright-colored cloth to the antenna or at the top of a rolled up window to signal for help.