Winters across the country may not all include snow, but for those places where snowmen are possible so are dangerous driving conditions. Below are a few tips to remember when dealing with icy or slippery roads.
Timing Could Mean Everything
Give yourself as much additional time as possible to reach your destination. Allowing for additional travel time gives you the opportunity to drive at a slower speed. Maintain extra space between yourself and other vehicles, giving three times the distance to stop is a good rule of thumb. Easy accelerating and gentle braking will also help reduce slipping and sliding, keeping your vehicle on the road where it belongs.
Stay Bright, But Not Too Bright
Visibility is already an issue in the snow and rain so keeping your lights turned on and clean will make you more visible to other drivers. Using your high beams however, can actually reduce your visibility of the road ahead of you in snowy weather and in foggy situations. Turning your lights off in these conditions may seem to make your visibility better but remember that you become less visible to other drivers and could create a more dangerous situation.
For Once – Be A Follower
Do not pass snow plows and salt trucks. Plow drivers are simultaneously focused on doing a job while having to drive in dangerous conditions. Large plow trucks also have large blind spots and limited visibility – don’t add distractions for them. Furthermore, you will more than likely find the road ahead of them to be in worse condition than the roads behind them, be patient and stay put.
Don’t “Cruise” Through
Cruise control can help maintain a slow and constant speed. However, this feature should never be used on slippery or wet roads. If your car hydroplanes on water or hits an icy patch of road, cruise control could cause your vehicle to accelerate rapidly while your tires are separated from the road. When you regain contact with the road the tires are spinning at a faster rate possibly causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
If snow is a part of your winter driving, keep these tips in mind while you wait for spring to arrive.