Here are a few tips to help us all stay safe driving these (upcoming) snow and ice covered roads, whether its just a review or something you might want to share with a new driver in your family…
- Give yourself plenty of extra time for getting where you’re going. Speed limits are for perfect conditions. Maintain 3x the normal following distance.
- Clear your windows and hoods of snow and ice before driving. Keep your headlights and taillights wiped off. Have a full reservoir of windshield washer solution. Use low beams even during day. In other words, stay visible and have good vision.
- Have adequate tire traction. Every ten degree drop in temps reduces tire pressure by one pound per square inch. If you put weight in the back of a truck to increase traction, it will affect your steering and stop times. Adjust accordingly.
- At 30 degrees ice is twice as slippery as at zero degrees, and ice forms first and lasts longer on bridges and in shade. If you hit a patch, let off the accelerator and let your vehicle “roll” through the icy patch Don’t brake, accelerate or downshift!
- If you go into a skid, again, take your foot off the accelerator, keep foot off brake, and lightly steer in the direction the REAR of the vehicle is skidding.
- Learn how to use jumper cables for a dead battery. It’s simple, google it!
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. blanket, water, snacks, gloves, snow shovel, ice melt…and kitty litter is great for tire traction if you’ve got a spinning tire!