Though fall just got here – winter weather is on the way – and that comes with its own set of challenges. From snow and ice, to below zero temperatures, it can really affect your daily commute. Icy and snowy roads mean increased accidents, and dangers. Be sure to stay safe on the road with these winter car driving safety tips.
This post is sponsored by Gary Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep
“Winterize” Your Car Emergency Kit
You should already have an emergency kit in your car, but with winter comes a whole new set of items that you need to add. Things like a snow shovel, brush, warning flares, reflective triangles, kitty litter or sand for traction, extra clothes, cloves, coats, hand warmers, hats, and warm blankets are just some of the things you should add. Also make sure your other items are up to date, like first aid essentials, non-perishable food items, (like energy bars, granola, nuts, etc) and of course water. Put all this in a container or backpack and keep it in your truck.
Check Your Tires
When the temperature drops so does the pressure on your tires. When driving, your tires are your main concern – so you want to make sure that they are inflated properly and often (check it at least once a month!) Make sure to check your vehicle’s correct tire pressure on the tag on your drivers side door, or the owners manual. You also want to do the “penny test” – to see if you need new tires or not. Just hold the penny between your thumb and forefinger so that Lincoln’s head is showing; place the top pointing down onto the grooves of the tire tread – if any part of his head is covered by the tread, you should be good. If you can see his entire head – you might need to replace your tires.
Be Extra Careful on Icy Roads
As you know, icy roads will take a bit longer to actually stop on. So you want to make sure you keep a bigger distance between your car and other vehicles on the road when its snowy and icy out. Having a bigger distance between you may give you enough time to respond to the harsh roads and weather hazards; be sure that you are gently accelerating, and braking to keep traction. If your wheels begin to spin, release the accelerator until the traction returns. If you are skidding, let up on the gas and steer in the direction you want your car to go. Do NOT hit the gas or break until you have control of your car again – and stay calm!
Obviously the biggest tip is to BE CAREFUL – we never really know that winter weather hazards can bring, but keeping these tips in mind will help you at least be somewhat prepared for what winter might blow our way!