As Mother Nature rears its ugly head at us this year in the form of snow and ice, it’s important that you drive to school with extra caution this season. Here are some tips that will help you get to where you have to go safely this winter season.
- MAKE SURE YOUR TIRES ARE INFLATED – When your tires are at the right air pressure levels, your wheels will have more tread, making it easier to navigate turns and untreated roads.
- ACCELERATE AND DECELERATE SLOWER – To avoid skids, hit the gas and brake pedals more gradually, rather than just slamming on the pedals. Also, remember that you should give yourself extra time to slow down on icy roads.
- GO SLOW – This seems like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning. Most crashes in the winter are spin-outs, which happen when a vehicle makes a turn too fast for conditions. Basically, if you take it too fast on turns, you slide off course since your wheels have less traction in the snow, causing a spin-out. These are especially dangerous, because you can spin-out into oncoming lanes of traffic, and then another car will hit you. Also, on untreated roads, you shouldn’t exceed the speed limit of the road as a general rule while driving in the winter.
- LEAVE EXTRA TIME – If you follow step 1, you’ll need to leave earlier, because going slower means it’ll take you extra time to get to where you want to go. Monitor forecasts ahead of time, and plan accordingly, so that way if it snows a few inches overnight, you’ll be ready to leave earlier than usual the next morning.
- TRY NOT TO STOP IF POSSIBLE – By no means are we encouraging running red lights here, but remember that it’s going to take longer to stop your car, so once you get up to speed, it’s actually recommended that if it’s going to be close, you should go through on a yellow or red. But again, remember the rules of the road and only run a light if it’s close.
By Nic Braico