Concluding our three-part blog series Winter Driving Safety Tips to Protect You & Your Passengers, below we will highlight some final tips for keeping you and all of your passengers safe on the roads this winter season.
Winter Driving Safety Tips for Driving on Snowy Roadways
If you know that you will be driving on snowy roads this winter season, here are some winter driving safety tips that can protect you:
- Drive slower – While having snow on the ground can create a breathtaking winter scene, it also means that you should be aware that it will be more difficult to maneuver your vehicle. Whether you want to turn, stop, slow down or accelerate, all of these common driving operations will take longer on snowy roadways. Therefore, slow down your driving speeds and be prepared for the added challenges of maneuvering your vehicle in the snow.
- Keep more distance between vehicles you follow – In line with the above tip, be sure to leave more room between vehicles that you follow on snowy roads. In fact, while you may leave 3 to 4 vehicle spaces between your car and the cars in front of it in normal conditions, in snowy conditions, consider doubling or even tripling this space allowance. Leaving sufficient space between vehicles can ensure that you have enough room (and time) to slow down and stop your vehicle when the roads are more slippery than normal.
- Know your brakes – While you may be used to how your brakes operate in dry conditions, make sure you familiarize yourself with how they work in slippery, icy and snowy conditions. To this end, you may even want to try driving around a parking lot or a secluded area after snowfall to test your brakes functioning. If you have a newly licensed driver in your family, then this type of practice will be crucial for his or her first winter season driving on snowy roads.
- Know what to do if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow – If you drive frequently, have a vehicle with 2-wheel drive and/or regularly drive on terrain that may be less than ideal in dry conditions, then the chances are that you may end up getting stuck in the snow at some point this winter. Make sure that you know what to do in order to stay safe. Some things that can be important to know to this end include (but are not limited to):
- Clearing the snow out of and out from around your vehicle’s exhaust pipe
- Not trying to push your vehicle out of the snow
- Tying a brightly colored piece of cloth to your vehicle’s antenna
- Calling for help
- Waiting in your vehicle until help arrives.
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