Weekly Update - Winter Driving and You

posted Jan 8, 2014, 1:50 PM by Unknown user
For new drivers, winter weather can be very daunting. But, with caution, you can overcome any hazards you encounter on the road. Here are some helpful tips for winter driving.

1. Warm up your vehicle before driving, but don't warm it in an enclosed space (such as a garage). Warming up your engine before driving will make your oil flow easier.
2. Make sure to accelerate and decelerate slowly. Accelerating quickly is a great way to lose traction on icy roads and spin out, and it takes twice as long to stop on ice as it does on normal roads.
3. Check to see if you have anti-lock or pump brakes.
4. Before driving your car after a fresh snow, make sure your exhaust pipe is clear.
5. Avoid using cruise control on icy surfaces. You never know when you'll have to brake.
6. Make sure your lights and windshield wipers are clear of any ice or snow.
7. Overpasses and bridges will freeze first, so make sure to be careful on them.
8. If stuck in snow, avoid spinning your wheels. It will only bury your car deeper.
9. Avoid passing snow plows and sanding trucks. They typically have limited visibility, and the road ahead of them is typically in worse condition.
10. Have warm clothing on-hand in case you crash.
11. If possible, avoid driving on wintry roads altogether.