Driving in the Northeastern United States in the wintertime can be dangerous. Snow and ice can make driving extremely difficult. Safety measures should start before you leave the house to prevent possible accidents on the road. The following are safety tips to help prepare drivers for traveling through winter weather conditions.
Brush all snow off your vehicle before entering your car. Often, we are in a rush, and think that the heat alone will de-ice our windows. Make sure that all the snow is brushed from all windows, headlights, and your rearview mirrors. Get all the snow off of the top of your vehicle, as it can break off when driving at a high rate of speed and hit the windshield of the vehicle traveling behind you. Newer cars may be equipped with sensors and backup cameras and should also be cleaned before leaving. Make sure that your windshield wipers work before leaving your driveway. Windshield wipers can freeze in place, making it impossible to see during a flash blizzard.
Make sure that you always have a full tank of gas if embarking on a long trip. Winter driving conditions can make everyone slow down. A trip that you expected to only take an hour can easily end up taking three hours due to traffic and weather conditions. If you are running behind due to unsafe conditions, do not text and drive to alert others that you are late. Have someone else in the vehicle make contact for you, use voice-activated technology, or pull over to make a phone call. Do not speed to make up for lost time, or you could end up in a spin out or car accident that will prevent you from arriving at your destination altogether.
Driving through deep snow can be dangerous, and your car can easily get stuck. The best way to drive in snow is at a steady, slow rate of speed and keep any momentum going if you have traction. Driving at a fast speed causes excessive wheel spinning, which will sink your car deeper into the snow, making it harder to get out. Avoid driving on thick, deep snow altogether, if possible. Sharp objects can be lying underneath the snow, out of sight, and can damage your tires or undercarriage.
Do not use cruise control in the snow, as it is designed to be used on steady, even pavement. New technologies operate differently in extreme winter conditions. Many people learned to brake immediately if you lose control of your car, however, this only applies to standard braking systems. If your vehicle has antilock brakes (ABS), braking abruptly can make the situation worse. If your car has ABS, press the brake pedal firmly and apply pressure to allow the antilock brake system to work.
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