Whether you're excited for the snow or not, it's important to be sure you are staying safe! Keep these tips in mind when venturing out into the snow this winter, for many of you these tips are refreshers but it's always good to have a reminder to stay safe!
- If you must venture out onto icy or snowy roads, wait until after the sand trucks and plows have gone by. They should be able to break down the worst of the snow and will make it much easier for you in the long run. Even if you have to wait a while for them to service your street, trying to drive on roads that have not been plowed or sanded is not only dangerous, but will take much longer anyways so staying inside until the plows and sanding trucks have gone by is worth the wait.
- If you are on the road with plows and sanding trucks, DO NOT try to pass them. Many of them have limited visibility, especially if it is snowing out. Even though they are pretty slow, the plus side to being behind one of these trucks is that the road will be freshly plowed or sanded and that much easier to navigate.
- Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination, there is no doubt that the snow or ice on the road will slow you down or create traffic, so be sure to leave with plenty of time to spare.
- Decrease your speed and leave more than enough room between yourself and the car in front of you in case you have to stop. You don't want to skid out on ice and rear end the person in front of you, an accident in which you would be at fault!
- Ride the brake when driving in snow or ice, it will help you avoid skidding out and will keep you at a safe speed! If you do start to skid out or your wheels lock up, slowly ease up on the brake until you come to a stop.
- If there is any type of precipitation, make sure that your lights are on. Even if it is still light out, rain or snow can limit visibility for many drivers so you want to make every effort to remain visible on the road.
- If you know in advance that it's going to snow, be sure that your windshield wipers are working properly, you don't want to get caught in the middle of a storm with a malfunctioning wiper blade!
- Make sure you have an ice scraper in your car! You don't want to get stuck waiting inside your car while the defroster melts the ice on your windows.
- Be extra careful on bridges and overpasses, these tend to freeze first and even though there may not be any ice on other parts of the road, these areas are notorious for black ice so reduce your speed and remain aware when traveling over these.
- If your vehicle has four-wheel drive, use it! It may use up more gas but will make your commute through the snow much easier and will provide more traction and decrease your chances of skidding out.
The most important piece of advice we can offer is to stay indoors! Don't drive on roads that are snowy and icy unless you absolutely must, and if you do then make sure that you are properly insured and know who to call should anything happen!
Special thanks to weather.com for many of these tips!
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