Monday, January 31, 2011

Tips and Tricks- Driving on Snow and Ice

With this winter storm about to hit, it is important to be prepared and know how to drive in the snow, or in icy conditions. First thing, if it's not necessary to leave your house, don't risk it. It's not worth it. Second of all, if you plan on going somewhere, be sure that your vehicle is prepared for the harsh conditions. How can you make sure that your vehicle is ready for harsh winter conditions?

View this video to help prepare you and your vehicle for this winter storm. Yes, this video is annoying and it's obvious that it's important to have good visibility, but it's worth watching. :)

Tips and Tricks- Driving on Snow and Ice

Now that you have your vehicle ready for the winter storm, it’s important to know HOW to drive in the icy and snowy conditions that are about to hit.

1. Drive at a reduced speed! That 65-mph speed limit on the signs on the highway does not apply when roads are covered in snow and ice. Speed limits are there to tell you the MAX and it IS OKAY to go a minimum speed if the weather is unfavorable  besides, accidents at higher speeds are more dangerous. We aren’t California drivers after all… (I’d hate to think how California drivers would handle this mid-west weather! FAIL).

2. Don’t Turn the Wheel Too Suddenly While Driving: On normal roads, it’s okay to ‘whip the wheel’ around turns but on icy and snowy conditions, turning should be done smoothly and deliberately. P.S. Don’t accelerate through turns either while road conditions are icy/snowy. You will fishtail.

3. Keep as much distance between you and the vehicle in front of you as possible! Increase the time and space between your vehicle and others will give you more time to prepare if an accident happens in front of you. More time and space gives you room to breath and room to avoid potential accidents.

4. Driving Uphill- Key: avoid stopping at all costs! Because once you stop, you’re stuck.

5. Driving Downhill- Drive as slow as possible, switch to lower gears to slow down when necessary and try not to use the breaks if possible. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.

6. Be Alert and Aware- Be aware that daytime melting of snow often means ice at night.

7. Be Smart- Clear off your car before driving. Always keep a full gas tank. Always have a fully charged cell phone. Keep an ice scraper in your car to clear off your windshield before taking a trip.

8. Basically, use your head. :)