It’s getting to be that time of year again. The temperatures are dropping, the snow is starting to fall and it’s time to remember how to start navigating those treacherous winter roads.
Before the first blizzard makes your commute dangerous and unpredictable, take a few minutes to read this article so that you’re fully prepared for that unexpected first snowstorm. Here’s how to stay safe while driving in extreme winter weather.
Check the Condition of Your Tires
Before heading out on slick winter roads, make sure your tires are up to the task. There’s nothing more dangerous than trying to navigate snowy and icy roads with slick, worn tires. If you are in an especially dangerous or snowy area, you might want to invest in snow tires if even tire chains.
If you’re not sure if the condition of your tires will suffice for the entire winter season, take your vehicle into a trained tire professional and have them do an assessment.
Double the Normal Distance Between You and the Vehicle Ahead of You
On dry roads, it’s best to keep about four car lengths between you and the vehicle you’re behind. This gives you plenty of time to react if that vehicle should suddenly slow or comes to an abrupt stop.
When driving on slick winter roads, try to double that distance to about eight car lengths whenever possible. You’ll need extra time to react and slow your vehicle down in case of a sudden emergency ahead. This might not always be possible, so be sure to exercise extra caution as you drive and go slower than usual if the roads are congested
Keep Warm Clothing and Blankets in the Vehicle
No matter how safe you drive in poor winter conditions, there’s always a chance you could end up in an accident or spin out in a ditch. When this happens, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to get your car’s heater running again in order to stay warm. You might even have to get out of your car if you are not able to contact help from your position.
Whenever you drive in cold winter conditions, make sure you bring along plenty of blankets, stocking caps, warm gloves and anything else you can think of to keep you warm while you wait for help to arrive. Having a few hand warmers in the glove compartment can be a good thing to have. In extremely frigid conditions, frostbite and hypothermia can set in as fast as 30 minutes. Always be prepared for the worst.
If you suffer any injuries during a winter crash, always make sure to contact a personal injury attorney to help you assess your options.
Don’t Be in a Rush
Simply stated, slow down while driving in extreme winter conditions. Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination so you don’t feel rushed and make poor driving decisions.
Be Prepared This Year
With these four tips on staying safe while driving in extreme winter weather conditions, you’ll avoid unnecessary emergencies and stay safe throughout the entire season.
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