Although driving in severe winter weather conditions can be dangerous. It’s often unavoidable. Here are 5 tips for driving when winter weather strikes.
1. Be well rested.
Driving fatigued is always a huge risk. However, in the winter months, when the roads can be covered with ice and snow, you need heightened senses. Being well rested keeps you alert and could save you from a serious accident.
2. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
The condensation in the empty portion of your gas tank is likely to freeze in the winter months. This could cause your fuel lines to ice, which means your car won’t start, leaving you stranded wherever you are.
3. Don’t use cruise control.
Cruise control can be exceptionally dangerous in the winter months. Although it’s convenient on long trips, it doesn’t keep you in control of your vehicle. Always look and steer in the direction you want to go.
4. Use your seatbelt .
In the case of an accident, your seatbelt could save your life. Always wear your seatbelt anytime of the year but especially during unfavorable weather conditions.
5. Leave sufficient space betweens surrounding vehicles.
During icy conditions, it takes longer for your car to slow down and speed up. Leaving a large enough gap between you and other drivers can prevent accidents from occurring. A good rule of thumb, leave 2-2.5 car lengths distance between you and other drivers.