Safe Driving in the Winter
Posted on January 02 2020
Staying safe behind the wheel should be every driver’s number one priority every day of the year, but when it comes to winter driving, each driver should take a few extra precautions. Whether you’re facing heavy rain, snow, or ice, being prepared to drive in various road conditions is the best way to stay safe this winter.
Before the winter weather approaches, get prepared early by making sure your car is ready for anything. Have your car assessed to check that your brake pads and brakes are in great shape, there are no leaks or fluids to replace, all four tires have sufficient tread depth, and everything under the hood is running smoothly as to avoid any unnecessary accidents in case of bad weather. You can take your vehicle to any service station to receive an inspection and confirm that your car is in perfect condition this winter.
Avoid taking the unnecessary risk of driving while the weather is bad, if at all possible. If you have to get on the road, drive slowly and with extra caution especially if there is snow or ice. This includes accelerating and braking slowly to maintain traction and avoid skids.
In some climates where it doesn’t snow or rain very often, the roads can become extra slick when wet due to a buildup of oil on the roads. Even with just a little rain, the roads can become as slippery as ice – be sure to keep this in mind as the rainy winter season approaches.
Lastly, you should always keep an emergency kit in your trunk. Here are some items to include in your emergency kit:
- A first aid kit
- Extra food and water
- Warm clothing or blankets
- An extra gallon of gas
- Jumper cables
- A flashlight or lantern
- A cell phone and an extra phone charger
You can find the perfect emergency kit with all the essentials from the Survival Gear Shop. If you expect that you may be driving in the snow, it may be a good idea to keep snow chains and a bag of kitty litter or sand in your trunk – this can help your wheels find traction if you ever get stuck in the snow.
If you ever find yourself stopped or stalled in a winter emergency, keep yourself and others safe by:
- Staying near your car – don’t overexert yourself or risk getting lost in the cold by trying to walk to find help
- Keeping your vehicle’s interior lights on so a passerby can tell if you’re present
- Don’t run your car for too long to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning; just keep the car on for short enough periods to warm yourself and other passengers
Try to avoid traveling during possible dangerous road conditions this winter to keep yourself and others safe. If you do find yourself driving in any hazardous conditions, stay alert and be prepared for any possible emergency.