Driving Tips for Winter
Problems always seem to
happen at the most inconvenient times. Sufficient planning and
preparation can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a
potentially dangerous situation.
The leading cause of death
during winter storms is auto accidents. Below are preventative tips to
keep you safe on the road this winter. You may not be able to control
Mother Nature but using caution and common sense can prevent an
Always know the
weather before you get on the road. Remember to be extra
careful when driving on bridges and overpasses; they are the first to
freeze over. Be aware of black ice. Black ice occurs when the road
appears to be dry but is darker and shinier than usual. Slow down when
driving through these areas.
Always Buckle Up!
(this includes turning, braking, stopping and accelerating).
Make sure you are aware of what the other drivers around you are
Stay in Control.
If you do begin to fishtail, turn in the direction of the skid and
make sure to keep your foot off of the brake and gas pedals. If you
must brake on a slippery surface, be sure to pump the brakes gently
unless you have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). If you have ABS, press
the brake firmly and hold. Do not pump the brakes if you have ABS-this
will lessen the effect of your brakes.
Avoid steep hills
if possible. Use alternate routes even if they are a little
longer-they may be safer.
distance between yourself and other cars. Slick conditions
can triple the distance it takes to come to a complete stop.
Keep your low beam
headlights on...no matter what time of day it is.