Tips for Staying Safe During Winter Driving
The Christmas season is here! Wrap your gifts, visit friends and family, eat lots of food and enjoy. One of the most anticipated events is when that fresh powder from the sky begins to fall. The first snowfall is always exciting. But for someone who has to drive to work on a daily basis, this season can be a little stressful.
With the snowfalls comes winter driving and just like every year the roads become a sea of safety concerns. Safewinterroads.org reports that more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, icy and slushy pavement every winter. With over 70% of the USA and most of Canada receiving on average of 5 inches or more of snow annually, being prepared for the conditions is very important.
Police in both Canada and the US recommend having both an ice scraper and jumper cables in the vehicle at all times during the season. Also, make sure that you have adequate tire pressure and that your tires are aligned for proper handling on icy roads.
The Winter Driving Safety Alliance has a few more tips for staying safe on the roads during the winter season:
Don’t Go: If conditions are too bad, postpone the trip if possible.
Plan Your Trip: Check road and weather conditions if travelling and give yourself extra time to avoid rushing. Also, have an emergency plan if something was to happen.
Prepare Your Vehicle: 4 matched winter tires are key and an emergency kit should be in your vehicle.
Slow Down And Drive To The Conditions: Even the most confidant and expert driver are at risk during winter conditions. Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you (at least 4 seconds) and slow down. It is better to arrive to work possibly a little late, then not at all.
Follow these tips and you will have a safer and happier holiday season.