winter roads

There are some tips you should do when driving in the winter. You will want to make sure your vehicle is also properly maintained. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment for you. When driving in the winter, remove ice and snow from your vehicle. Clear your windows and roof of snow to ensure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Do not allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.

Know the route

Map your route that you are going to be taking. Know where you are going and be prepared, ahead of time, to exit off the highway when needed. Indecisive driving is a major cause of traffic problems.

Avoid extreme weather conditions if you can. Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight as much as possible. Slow Down when you drive. With winter weather conditions present, speeding becomes increasingly hazardous. Allow plenty of a space cushion and reduce your speed.

Prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. Contents should include: battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.

Beware of Black Ice

Remember to watch for black ice. Watch for ice build-up on your mirror arms, the antenna of your vehicle and the top corners of your windshield, all signs pointing to the formation of black ice on the roadways. Be aware of truck blind spots if you drive them or around them. When sharing the road with large trucks, be cognizant of their large blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you. Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them.

Keep your eyes on the road because distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Just two seconds of distraction time for a motorist double the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.

Leave early and avoid risks and to avoid anxiety associated with arriving late to your destination and to accommodate potential unforeseen delays. Always make sure that you know the conditions of the road and weather when you plan on traveling.