Hello winter, looks like you are back. But this time, we are prepared for your ice and snow. Here’s a few driving safety tips to make your frigid weather and icy roads a little easier to navigate.
- Before you go-clean off your car. Don’t forget the roof. It can be tempting to just start driving and hope all of the snow just comes off your car-but don’t do it! It’s dangerous for you and other drivers. Don’t start driving until you have cleared the snow from windows, headlights and the top of the car. A broom is a great tool for reaching the top of your roof and pushing the snow off your vehicle. You can also buy an ice and snow scraper with an extendable handle.
- If you know that snow and ice are in the forecast, be sure to visit the gas station before the bad weather hits. Always keep your gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing. Also if something happens, and you are stranded, you’ll need that full tank of gas to run the car heater until help arrives. If there is snow or cold weather in the forecast, don’t forget to fill up your gas tank.
- When there is snow on the ground or if it is snowing, drive in another car’s tracks. Don’t drive on roads that do not have tracks in the snow from another car. Driving in these tracks can decrease your chance of sliding on ice or snow. Also, never pass a truck that is plowing snow or treating the road. Stay back a safe distance, but never pass the truck!