Driving in the snow can be a frightening experience. Prepare for the commute and take precautionary measures for safe driving in the snow. Here are seven tips that will help you during this weather.
- Clear the snow off your car
It’s important to clear the snow off your roof because it’s dangerous. If you come to a sudden stop, the snow will slide off your roof and onto your windshield making it difficult to see. Secondly, the snow on your roof may slide off your back windshield and hit the car behind you. Lastly, it’s illegal, which means there’s a chance you can get a ticket.
- Get winter tires
The best way to ensure your safety is to switch to winter tires. Winter tires have a special tread to give you better grip and traction on the road. Additionally, they are much more effective in cold weather and give you a sense of confidence and comfort while driving on the road.
- Check road conditions before leaving
Plan your commute ahead of time. This will save you time on the road by avoiding traffic areas or areas that are extremely icy. Read the news, listen to the radio or look up your local news on social media to check for any accidents that may have happened on your regular driving route, in which case you may need to plan an alternative route.
- Turn on your headlights
The snowfall may blur your vision; turn your headlights on to improve your vision. This also ensures that other drivers can properly see your vehicle.
- Drive slowly
Drive carefully and slowly, while leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Slamming on your brakes may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and spin out; for that reason, it’s recommended to brake gently and slowly.
- Leave early
Weather conditions will affect traffic flow. The best way to ensure you reach destination on time is to leave early and planning ahead of time.
- Drive if necessary
If you feel uncomfortable, it’s best to plan an alternative commute and avoid driving your safety.
Drive with extreme caution as the weather can be unpredictable. Keep in mind of black ice and drive carefully. Keep your eyes on the road and use your best judgement. The main roads are generally salted and plowed, so we recommend sticking to them and avoiding the side streets.