With winter officially upon us, that means winter weather as well. While there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy this winter, that also means heading out and driving in winter conditions.
With sleet, snow and ice, winter weather can make your driving experience worrisome, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice going out just because of road conditions. The following winter weather driving tips can help you get to your destination safely this season:
- Put on your winter tires. Feeling unsafe in your car when bad weather hits is not only anxiety inducing, but it can lead to panicked driving. It’s important that you put on your winter tires during these wet months to help you keep traction during wet and slick conditions.
- Slow down. Sometimes the simplest methods are the most effective. When you’re out on the road, it is advised that you reduce your speed by 50 percent. However, be aware of just how slow you are going because you could get stuck if you lose momentum.
- Know how to handle a skid. Regardless of how experienced you may be, there may come a time when you find yourself sliding on an icy road. When you start to feel your vehicle enter a skid, first and foremost, don’t panic! Remove your foot off the gas and do not slam on your brakes as it will make it worse. Tapping the brakes lightly will assist in regaining traction and slowing down. In order to prevent the car from going into a spin, lightly turn the wheel into the swerve.
- Keep in touch. When traveling on winter roads, or even long distances, you should always alert others of your plans. Let loved ones know when you leave so that they expect your arrival. That way if something happens, they will be in the know if you don’t arrive. For longer trips, provide periodic updates during your trip.
- Pack a winter weather kit. In some instances winter weather can leave you stranded. Keep a winter weather kit in the back of your car for these kinds of emergencies. Your kit should include blankets, protein bars, water, a phone charger, a flashlight, a tow rope, cat litter (for traction).
Being prepared for any weather conditions can help ensure you reach your destination safely.