7 Winter Driving Safety Tips for Fear of Driving in the Snow
It's back-to-school season, which means winter is fast approaching. If
you have a fear of driving in the snow, it's a good time to brush up your
skills with some winter driving safety tips.
1.Good lights: Your headlights and taillights should be clear of snow.
This will help other drivers to see you. Get a new set of headlight
lenses if yours are old or sand-pitted. Make sure both headlights work
and replace broken tail and running lights.
2.Visibility: Make sure you can see well. Clean the outside and inside of
your windows thoroughly. Replace any old windshield wiper blades. Apply a
water-shedding material on the outside of all windows. This includes the
mirrors. Your windshield washers should work well and be filled with
3.Tire check: Use snow tires (sometimes called "winter tires"). Adequate
snow traction requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread. Summer tires have
little or no grip in snow. "All-season" tires don't always have good snow
traction either: If the roads where you live are regularly covered with
snow, get snow tires.
4.Check for black ice: If the road looks slick, it probably is, but black
ice can make it slick without it looking that way. Also called "glare
ice", drivers often don't see it at all. Feel for black ice instead with
a smooth brake application or by turning the wheel slightly. Does the
road feel slick? Then slow down.
5.Make turns slowly: Many motorists have lost control of their cars along
icy curves. Slow down. Speeding on slippery curves is one of the top 25
causes of car accidents. Make sure to drive the posted speed limit. Avoid
an accident by driving cautiously.
6.Reduce speed on snowy roads: Remember your vehicle can't slow down or
stop rapidly on snowy roads. Turning performance is also decreased. On
snow-covered roads there is significantly less friction between the road
and your tires. Make sure to slow down if the road is snow packed.
7.Avoid icy uphill driving: Try to not drive up steep hills when it's
icy. If you can't avoid it, go up the hill slowly in 2nd gear. Steer
around obstacles and use feather braking to keep your momentum. Don't
stop until you've cleared the top of the hill.
We should all be more cautious driving in the snow. Fear of driving in
the snow is healthy if it makes us drive more safely. It's a way of
protecting ourselves and our fellow drivers. Thanks for taking winter
driving safety seriously. It makes the roads safer for all of us.