Fortunately, we don’t live in an area of the country where we get inundated with deep snow like they do back East and in the Midwest. But as December is the snowiest month of the year in our area, now is a good time to brush up on some winter driving tips.
Below, AAA offers some suggestions for driving in wintery conditions.
Winterize your vehicle
Add some antifreeze, air up your tires to their recommended level and check the tread. Replace any tires showing signs of wear and tear. Keep a bag of salt and sand or cat litter, as well as a shovel, in the trunk in case you get stuck. Keep a snow scraper, blankets and warm clothing. Add some high-protein rations that won’t freeze and extra doses of vital medications to your cold-weather kit.
Fill up your tank
During the winter months, try never to have less than a half-tank of fuel in case you wind up stranded in bad weather. Remember never to let your car idle if its tailpipe is covered by snow.
Slow down in inclement weather
Rain, snow, ice and the deadly black ice on the highway can all lead to accidents. Braking on ice can send your car into a tailspin, potentially leaving you facing oncoming traffic. By reducing speed and leaving extra room between you and the car ahead of you, you lower the risk of skidding on a patch of black ice.
Also, cruise control is not meant to be used during wintry weather conditions. Stay alert and pay attention to what’s happening ahead of you.
When the other driver is the problem
You can be the safest driver on the road, but if the driver in the car or truck next to you is careless, their negligence can lead to a serious collision. If the wreck was caused by another driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, losses and damages.