Winter is one of the harshest seasons of the year for drivers thanks to the sheer amount of hazards. Snow, ice, wind, rain, and hail are just a few of the potential problems that drivers can come in contact with on the road. Here at Mountaineer Ford, we have a few tips for driving in the snow that will help you have an accident-free winter.
- Preparing – Many drivers choose to put together a supply kit to prepare for the winter weather. Getting stuck can happen to anyone which is why it’s important for your supply kit to include food, water, blankets, extra clothes, and something to help gain traction, like cat litter. Make sure your gas tank is always at least a quarter full as well!
- Driving – The most important thing to do in winter when driving is to slow down. Maneuvering takes longer on snow- and ice-covered roads which means those in a hurry are at a higher risk of an accident. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid any unintended consequences of being late.
- Braking – Like driving, braking takes longer as well. Avoid stopping and roll whenever possible. It takes much less inertia to accelerate from a rolling start than from a dead stop.