It’s okay to have safety concerns about driving on snow-covered roads during winter. If the roads in your area are regularly covered with snow, here are some tips to help you drive safely in the snow.
Don’t Drive on High Speeds
It is not uncommon for motorists to lost control of their cars when attempting to turn along icy curves. In fact, speeding on slippery curves is among the top 25 causes of car accidents.
Because the snow reduces friction between the road and your vehicle’s tires, all maneuvers including stopping, accelerating, and turning to happen more slowly. Performance is reduced and it takes more time to stop your car or make a simple turn. So, slow down. It even better to drive below the posted speed limits on snow-covered roads.
Functional Bright Lights
Clear and bright lights will help other road users to easily see you. So, ensure that your headlights are in working condition and front and rear lights are clear of snow. Change your headlight lenses are old or sand-pitted and replace broken tail lights and running lights.
Use Snow Tires
“All-season” tires may not have enough traction to function well in snow. Summer tires are worse. Use snow or winter tires with at least 6/32-inch deep tread to provide adequate snow traction.
Have Clear Visibility
Regularly wipe your car windows both in and out to help you see your environment clearly. Replace damaged windshield wiper blades and apply waterproofing material on the outside of all windows and the mirrors. Your windshield washers should be fully functional and contain anti-icing fluid.
Check for Glare Ice
Glare ice or black ice makes the road slick. If you think the road looks slick, it probably is. Check for black ice by slightly turning the wheel or apply a smooth brake. And if you feel that the road has glare ice, just slow down.
Don’t Charge Up Steep Hills
Avoid driving up ice-covered steep hills on high speed. And if must go up the hill, drive very slowly, perhaps, in 2nd gear. When still on the road, avoid stopping fully if you can. Keep your tires rolling. Go around obstacles and maintain your momentum using feather braking.
Maintain a Safe Distance from Other Drivers
Instead of the 4 to 6 seconds, it’s better to stay 8 to 10 seconds behind another car. Exercise more caution when driving in the snow. Avoid driving whenever possible.
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