No one likes to drive in the snow, but, unfortunately, it can be unavoidable. If you have to travel during a storm, follow these tips to ensure you arrive at your destination safely.
Check Your Car
Before you head out, give your car battery and windshield wipers a test run to ensure they’re working correctly. Cold temperatures can weaken even the strongest battery, so it’s worth taking an extra look even if you think you’re in the clear. It’s also important to double-check your vehicle’s antifreeze levels and tire tread and traction.
Bring Emergency Supplies
Fill your trunk with necessities like jumper cables, spare tires, shovels, snow brushes, and ice scrapers to get ahead of the worst case scenario. For trips on the longer side, pack a bag with smaller items like snacks, water, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. It may seem like overkill at the time, but being prepared is better than taking a chance on your safety.
Speeding in the snow is one of the leading causes of winter accidents. Here’s the thing – you may not even realize you’re going too fast. In fact, you might even be traveling at the speed limit. The problem is that you have to drive much slower in less-than-optimal weather conditions to allow for adequate stopping distance. The rule of thumb is that motorists should reduce their speed to half the posted speed limit or less in the snow or ice.
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