The severe winter weather is here, and we commuters sure know what that entails. We go through it every year, and it never seems to get any better. However, we all have what it takes to make winter driving safer for you and the drivers around you. We recommend that you not only prepare your car for the conditions, but also be aware of some safe winter driving tactics.
Below are some tips we recommend using before driving in hazardous weather.
Preparation before you get in your car:
- Make sure your vehicle’s fluid levels are right – either check the manual or see your mechanic
- Replace wipers if they are not fully cleaning off your windshield
- Check that your tires are in good shape and well inflated
- Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times- you don’t want your gas line to freeze.
- Be sure you have an emergency kit, along with jumper cables, a first aid kit, flares, flashlights, a shovel and some sand.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly to gain traction and avoid skidding
- Do not make quick turns
- Give yourself an 8-10 second following distance behind vehicles so you have enough time and distance to stop
- Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm pressure when braking
- Do not try to power up a hill, but do not stop going up a hill either
Even with these precautions, it is sometimes better to stay home during snow storms. Weather conditions can be unpredictable and so is the road, so keep yourself safe and wait it out before getting in your vehicle.
We here at Petschauer Insurance are concerned for everyone’s safety, so we urge you to please take these tips seriously. Prepare your vehicle and drive safe (or don’t drive at all)!