Road conditions can go downhill quickly when a winter storm sweeps through. Slick roads, poor visibility, and other cars put driving skills to the test. Consider the following best practices when winter weather makes travel hazardous.
- Plan your route and check travel conditions along the way. Let someone know your itinerary and arrival time.
- Confirm there is enough fuel in the gas tank before starting the journey. Place an ice scraper, snow brush, blanket, gloves, and hat in the trunk.
- Remove ice and snow from the front, side, and rear winows, headlights, taillights, hood, and roof before pulling on the road. Be certain everyone in the car is properly buckled up too.
- Take it slow. Avoid tailgating. Leave etra distance between you and nearby vehicles.
- Be careful on bridges and overpasses as these areas are the first to freeze.
- Allow exra stopping time. Avoid sudden braking.
- Approach intersections cautiously and signal before turning. Turn corners gently.
- Use headlights to be more visible to other motorists.
Full concentration on the task at hand is essential when inclement weather compromises roadways. Using the cell phone is distracting - even with hands-free technology. Avoid making or receiving calls except for an emergency. Texting behind the wheel is illegal. Adjust temperature, music, and navigation systems before engaging the vehicle. Keep activities like eating, drinkin, and tending children to a minimum.