Winter is coming, and that means possible ice and snow on the roads. These
road conditions can be dangerous, especially if you are unfamiliar with
how to drive in them. Here are some tips to keep in mind when driving
on ice or snow and some ways to prepare for the winter season.
Make sure the traction on your tires is good enough for winter. For driving
in snow, you need at least 6/32-inch deep tread. If you are using high
performance summer tires, they likely have little to no traction at all.
Change your tires if necessary.
When it’s snowing, it’s important to be able to see the road.
Check your windshield wipers and make sure they are working efficiently.
Never try to use them to clear away ice on your windshield. This will
ruin your wipers. Always scrape ice off before driving.
Make sure your lights are clear and functional. Winter means longer and
Watch out for black ice. It looks almost invisible but can be extremely
dangerous. If you hit a patch of black ice, take your foot off the accelerator
and proceed gently. Do not use your brakes.
Steer in the direction that you want your vehicle to go. If you oversteer
while sliding, it could cause you to lose even more control of your vehicle.
When your vehicle is sliding or skidding, the wheels have lost their grip
on the road; when they finally do regain traction, your vehicle will shoot
off in the direction that your front wheels are facing, so if you’re
oversteered, this won’t take you where you are likely wanting to go.
In this situation, it is especially important not to oversteer. Steer in
the direction that you want to go and take your foot of the gas and apply
your brakes firmly.
Never use cruise control in icy or snowy conditions.
If possible, wait until the road crew has cleared, sanded, or salted the
roads to make them safe for you to drive on.
Take your time and stay aware of your surroundings.
If you’re travelling over rough patches of ice or snow, switch to
a low gear. It will give you more control of your car, and you don’t
need to be going too fast anyways.
Car accidents are common during winter road conditions. If you’ve been involved
in an accident due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled
to compensation. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today for a free consultation.