7 Quick Tips for Safe Snowy Traveling
It’s that time of year again! Well, almost. And being in New England, with Winter looming, we thought it might be a good idea to remind drivers of some general safety suggestions when it comes to driving in inclement conditions.
Disclaimer: Obviously, use your best judgement, not all of these will necessarily apply in every slippery road situation you’ll find yourself in, they are just some solid suggestions to keep in mind.
1. Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly.
This prevents losing traction and sliding out, which is exactly what we want to avoid.
2. Leave Extra Room in Front of You.
It is common to slide on ice and snow when slowing down. Keep this in mind, and keep your distance from objects in front of you at least twice of what you would in dry road conditions.
3. Know Thy Brakes.
Having strong brakes is important. Know their performance, and consider getting them inspected before the Winter season arrives. While you’re at it, check the tires too.
4. Don’t Stop Moving.
Stopping might get you stuck. Of course, if you have to stop, do so. But stopping in areas with higher mounds of snow can get you stuck. In these cases a slow roll might be best, that way you can maintain momentum, and still have control over the vehicle.
5. Don’t Fly Up Hills!
This one may be less obvious to some. In the effort of not getting stuck on a hill, some drivers try to race up a hill too fast. The can cause the driver to lose control, and potentially slide into another lane, or a guard rail. A consistent pace is best. If you feel the tires starting to spin, you can apply a bit more on the accelerator, but not too much! Slowing down may get you stuck, and too much may cause the vehicle to slide.
6. Don’t Stop When Going Up a Hill.
Again, this one is important. This is where accidents can happen (or almost happen), so it’s best to avoid hills if possible. Maybe consider another route. Which is not always an option, in which case consider the next bullet point.
7. Stay Home.
Obviously, this is a luxury we can’t always afford. But ask yourself if it is absolutely necessary to venture out, and often, road conditions improve after a storm once clean up crews have a chance to plow and salt the roads.
Just be careful out there! Leave early if you absolutely have to be somewhere.
Let us know what you think! Did we miss any need-to-know information? Did you have any experience where these tactics helped? In the future, we will be talking with our snow-driving-expert-staff who will weigh in and give us even more road ready tactics to tackle the snowy streets.