Whether you’ve driven in harsh conditions for years or it’s relatively new to you, winter driving can be dangerous for anyone. It’s absolutely crucial that you devote your complete attention to the road when driving in snow or ice. While you have to drive to work and to the grocery store (at the very least), it’s recommended that you stay off the roads as much as possible during bouts of hazardous weather. For those times when you do have to face the dreary streets, try these five tips to enhance your road safety!
- Regularly clean your windows, mirrors and lights to improve your visibility in the wet, grim weather. To keep your windshield clear, refill the wiper fluid reservoir with anti-icing fluid (pouring in a cup of rubbing alcohol works as well) so you can easily break down any ice that forms on the glass as you drive. Keep your headlights on anytime the sun isn’t shining so other drivers can easily see you.
- Stopping takes longer in the snow. To compensate, decrease your driving speed for better control and increase your follow space to allow adequate time to stop. Driving 40 mph or less is best for enhancing your reaction time.
- If you begin to skid, remove your foot from both pedals and gently steer in the direction you want your car to travel. Make very slow, gradual movements because an overcorrection can cause you to slide in the opposite direction.
- Before leaving home, check the weather report or local news to scan for any problem areas or road closures. Bridges and overpasses ice over first because the cold air passes both above and below the pavement. It’s best to stay on main roads after the snow plows and sand trucks have passed through.
- If you get stuck in deep snow, do not spin your wheels; that will only bury you deeper. Rather, turn the wheels from side to side to push the snow away. Keep a snow shovel in your truck as a precaution, because you may need extra assistance in removing the snow from the path of your tires. If you also carry sand, salt or kitty litter, sprinkle some in front of your tires to help them gain traction. If you’re stuck too deep for any of these methods to work, you may need a tow.
Protect your car from the worst of winter. Call Bryan Insurance Agency at (888) 565-2212 for more information on Long Island auto insurance.