Driving during a snowstorm is no one’s favorite activity, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. According to Travelers Insurance, snow, slush and icy road conditions are responsible for one in four weather-related vehicle crashes. Likewise, it’s a good idea to keep a few safety precautions in mind as we head into snow season.
First and foremost, do not drive if you’ve been drinking, or if you’re feeling tired. Make sure you’re awake and ready to go before you get behind the wheel on a wintry day—you’ll need to be extra alert. Of course, you and your family should always wear seatbelts, even if you’re only driving a short distance.
Keep an eye on your tires throughout the season, and check their air pressure regularly. Proper tire inflation will improve your traction in slippery conditions. Avoid using your cruise control setting during periods of snowfall as well.
You should keep an extra blanket in your trunk, along with a flashlight and a tool kit in case you get stuck somewhere and need to wait for someone to come pick you up. Have at least a half tank of gas at all times—you don’t want to run out of gas while waiting for help on a remote road.
Before driving, clear any snow and ice off your car completely. Snow left on top of your roof can fall down windows while driving and obstruct your view. Accelerate and decelerate gently, and keep plenty of space between you and the cars in front of you.
Last but not least, if you can avoid driving in winter weather, then stay home! The roads will be easier to handle once they’ve been plowed and salted.
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