Winter weather can make driving hazardous. Snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures all pose a risk to drivers during the winter months. If you’re planning to drive in winter weather, it’s important that you know what to expect and how to stay safe on the roads. Let’s take a look at some essential winter driving tips that will help keep you safe this season.
Be Prepared for Changing Weather Conditions
Winter weather can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared for any situation. Make sure your car is stocked with items such as windshield wiper fluid, an ice scraper, extra blankets or coats, a flashlight and batteries, road flares, jumper cables, and a first aid kit. It’s also wise to have an emergency roadside kit that includes extra drinking water and snacks in case of an unexpected delay on the road. Furthermore, make sure your car is well-maintained before the cold weather sets in—check your tires for proper pressure and wear; replace worn windshield wipers; top up fluids; and check your brakes for wear and tear.
Know How to Handle Skids
When driving in slick conditions it’s likely that you’ll encounter skidding at some point. When skidding occurs, it’s important not to panic and remember not to brake suddenly or turn sharply when trying to correct yourself—this could cause further issues if the wheels lock up or you lose control of the vehicle entirely. Instead, try turning in the direction of the slide (while remaining calm) until your car regains its traction on the road then slowly turn back onto your intended course of travel once traction has been regained. If you find yourself losing control of your vehicle due to icy roads pull over gradually while avoiding sudden braking or steering movements until you come safely off the roadway.
It should go without saying but never drive too fast for conditions! The speed limit posted may not be suitable for slick roads – adjust your speed according to road conditions while being mindful of other vehicles around you who may be traveling at greater speeds than what is safe given current conditions. In addition, avoid making sudden starts or stops as this can cause loss of control due to slippery surfaces which increases stopping distances when compared with normal non-icy roads so leave plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles ahead in order to stop safely if necessary. Finally, use caution when passing snowplows as debris from their blades may fly up towards your vehicle, creating possible visibility issues – don’t pass them unless absolutely necessary!
Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
It is important to pay attention to the conditions around you while driving in winter weather. Be aware of other drivers on the road and look out for any potential hazards such as black ice or patches of snow that could cause problems for vehicles traveling at high speeds. If visibility becomes too poor due to snowfall or foggy conditions, find a safe spot off the side of the road until conditions improve enough for you to continue driving safely again. Additionally, it may be wise to pull over if strong winds are making it difficult for you to maintain control of your vehicle – this is especially true for those driving larger vehicles like trucks or SUVs which can be more susceptible to wind gusts than smaller cars might be.
Drive with Caution this Winter
Driving during winter months can be hazardous if not done with caution—but if done correctly it can be done safely too! Keeping these tips in mind will help ensure that your winter driving experience is a safe one this season – so stay alert and remain aware while behind the wheel during inclement weather! Start off each journey by ensuring that both yourself and your vehicle are prepared for whatever might come along during its duration – doing so can often mean all difference between arriving safely home versus becoming involved in a potential accident caused by adverse winter conditions!
Revolution Motor Works can help get your vehicle ready for driving in winter conditions. Whether you need new tires, or your brakes need to be repaired, we are here to help. Give us a call today at 410-833-2025 to learn more about our services!