When winter storms roll in, it's important to know the do’s and don'ts of snow and ice driving for your safety and the safety of others on the road. This article will help get you through the winter with some helpful tips to get you back to work on time!
What to Prepare for Winter Driving
Prepare your car for winter by checking all of the fluid levels. Make sure the windshield washer reservoir is filled with antifreeze, check both the radiator and cooling system for leaks. Consider installing winter tires on your car to improve traction in ice or snow conditions. Use caution while driving on or near roadways that are not salted or plowed. Slow down in snowy conditions to give you more time to stop in case something goes wrong.
How to Drive in Slippery Conditions
You'll want to start by making sure your car is equipped with the proper tires. Choose snow tires if you live in a cold climate, or all-season tires if you live somewhere that doesn't get too much snow. Studded tires are also an option if you're living where it snows a lot - but they can be expensive and difficult to find. Next, make sure your windshield is clear of any condensation or ice. This will allow you to see clearly while driving, which is very important when it's slippery outside. If your windows do get iced over, try scraping them with a squeegee or scraper before driving so you don't accidentally cause an accident.
What Equipment You Should Carry When Driving in Winter
If you are driving in winter, there are many supplies you should carry with you. These include a shovel, blanket, tire chains, ice scraper, and snow brush. Tires should always be inflated to the appropriate pressure level and your vehicle needs to be in good working order. You also need to be prepared for emergencies like running out of gas or getting stuck on the side of the road.
How to Manage Losing Control on Ice and Snow
There's no magic solution to managing loss of control, but there are a few things that can help you regain traction. First, don't brake. The weight of the car will cause it to lose traction and you'll need to be going faster in order to gain traction - so accelerate. Second, try not to spin the wheels as this will only make the car slip even more. Third, turn into a spin so that your front tires have a chance to gain traction again, and fourth, gently steer in a circular motion until the car is able to start sliding back in place from one side to the other.
The best advice is to stay off the roads if possible. It's also a good idea to have a full tank of gas in case you have to call for help. Finally, use your headlights so that other drivers can see you from a distance.
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