Now that December is gone, winter weather could come any day. Before the snow gets knee or waist deep, read through these winter weather driving tips to help you stay on the road.
- Consider snow tires. If you frequently have issues in the winter tackling icy roads, consider switching out your tires for snow tires. These tires are specifically designed to cut through snowy, slushy roads to give you more traction. You also need to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Get enough sleep. Avoid driving in heavy winter weather if you’re overly tired. Driving while tired is always dangerous, but this danger increases even more when the weather is treacherous.
- Do not use cruise control. If the roads are slippery, using cruise control can actually make you lose control of your vehicle since it is trying to maintain a specific speed.
- Look where you want to go. If your car starts to slip or spin, look and steer in the direction you want to go.
- Keep your tank full. To avoid a frozen gas line, try to keep your tank at least half full. This will be extra handy if you do happen to get stuck in the snow since you’ll be able to periodically run the engine to keep yourself warm.
- Leave more room. Stopping takes longer when the roads are slick. Leave more space between you and the car in front of you in case you need to stop.
What tips would you share for making it through the upcoming winter ahead of us?