Winter driving can be scary and dangerous, especially for inexperienced drivers. Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes sub-freezing temperatures, ice and snow, and this combination can wreak havoc on your commute. Knowing what to expect when driving during the winter is important to minimize your risk of getting into an accident. Here’s what you can expect to encounter on the road this winter:
You don’t want to get stuck with a frozen steering wheel and dead batteries, so it’s best to take the preventive measures of changing your wiper blades before winter hits. A thin layer of ice can also build up on your windshield, making it difficult to see the road clearly, especially at night. It’s also a good idea to keep windows up and turn on headlights throughout the day.
Your line of sight might be blocked by ice or snow, which can lead to blind spots. In addition, road signs and illuminated overhead signs might not be visible. The worst thing about driving in the winter is that you can’t tell by looking out your windshield whether or not there are high-speed traffic lanes, construction zones, or wide cracks in the road. You should follow all driving rules, such as lane-sharing, and obey speed limits.
ALWAYS remember to clear your windshield and all windows of any snow and ice before you venture out after a storm. This is also the time to make sure that you top off your windshield cleaning fluid.
The slick road, especially when it’s raining, can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. This is especially true if you’re driving a manual transmission car. Also, the snow and ice that accumulate on the ground reduce your grip while turning, making it easier for you to lose control of the vehicle.
The cold is hard on batteries, and you don’t want your car to die in the middle of the road. Engine problems are much more likely to happen on cold days when the engine has a lot of work. Also, driving on an icy road will help drain your batteries faster, which can be hazardous for you and your vehicle.
Winter driving is an important skill, especially if you live in an area that experiences long and harsh winters. With the right knowledge, you can confidently drive safely in the winter.
ITEMS TO KEEP IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF A WINTER EMERGENCY
- Prepackaged snacks
- Snow shovel
- Phone Charger
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER WEATHER!