Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Ice Hazards
As we enter the coldest of the winter months, driving can quickly become hazardous. When the temperature drops, moisture that is present on bridges can quickly freeze. It is common to be driving along on wet pavement, but the bridges are covered with a sheet of ice. In the early morning, the sky can be clear and the pavement dry, but if there has been a frost the bridges may still have a layer of ice on them. Most of us slow down when ice or snow are present.

When the roadway is clear, bridges covered with ice can turn a normal drive to work into a tragedy. Trying to slow or change lanes on this ice could cause a driver to lose control. If your car starts to skid on ice, let off of the gas and steer into the skid. Leaving a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you will allow more time for you to react.

Extra Clothes
During cold weather make sure you have warm clothes in your car even on short trips. If you have to get out and walk for help, or if your car becomes disabled and you have to wait for help to arrive, warm clothes may save your life.

If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck
If your car becomes stuck in snow, clear the snow from around the tailpipe. Failure to do so could result in exhaust fumes entering the car and causing sickness or death. Checking your antifreeze level, battery water level, and tire pressure is vital in cold weather.

Following these tips will help you arrive safely at your destination during these cold winter months.