Winter Driving Tips

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Before the season make sure your vehicle is ready for the weather to come. Either bring your car to get serviced or have a mechanic do a once over on it. Due to the cold weather your tires loose 1 psi for every 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) the temperature drops.

What is black ice/glare ice? It’s a thin coating of ice (from freezing mist) on a road or sidewalk; nearly invisible but very hazardous.

What to look for: Shaded areas, bridges, overpasses, and roads less traveled – they are the most at-risk areas for black/glare ice.

DO NOT hit your brakes or make any harsh turns if you find yourself on ice. Keep your momentum but gradually take your foot off the accelerator and find a safe location. The shoulder may seem like a safe spot, but take into consideration other drivers and their possible reactions. Maybe aim a little further down the road/highway if you can without endangering others.

Be prepared. Have a kit packed with winter breakdown essentials. Blankets, ice scraper, flashlight (and batteries), shovel, kitty litter, flares, high energy snacks, and a towel. Better to not need it and have it; than need it and not have it.

Know your vehicle. After the first snow of the season, head to an empty parking lot and test your car. Go slow, speed up, break quickly - see how everything reacts and how the timing is different. You never want to be learning these things for the first time in a dangerous situation.

Antifreeze is your best friend. This keeps your system safe from rust, freezing, and overheating. Regardless of how cold it is outside the engine still needs the internal cooling system to run smoothly.

Stop tailgating. In snowy conditions, you should try to drive 8-10 seconds behind the person in front of you. You shouldn’t be concerned with how fast you get somewhere; you should just be concerned with getting there. Keeping this distance increases the amount time you have to react should something go wrong.

Drive slow! Leave early enough where you have the time to go slower than usual. If possible, don’t go out if you don’t need to; watch the weather and go to the store before it rains or snows.