Winter Safety Driving Tips
It’s almost winter time, and we all know that means horrible driving conditions in New England. But the bad weather doesn’t stop us from getting where we need to go. From white-out blizzards, to black ice, to 10 foot snow banks, driving this time of year can be very dangerous. In order to avoid disastrous collisions, follow these winter safety driving tips.
Avoid having your cell phone or any other electronic devices near you while driving in order to stay clear of any distractions they may cause.
Follow Speed Limits
They’re there for a reason. Speed limits were made to keep you and other drivers safe, especially during unsafe driving conditions. It’s a good idea to drive a little under the speed limit when there is snow and ice present on the ground.
Cars with inadequate tread can cause your car to skid. Check to see if your tires are worn down and consider investing in tire chains or snow tires in order to keep you and your car safe this winter.
Tailgating is frowned upon in general, and during unsafe driving conditions, can be extremely dangerous. You always want to make sure you have enough room in between you and the car ahead of you in case they make any sudden stops.
Know What to do
If your car starts to skid, take your foot off of the gas petal and DO NOT PRESS THE BRAKES. Stepping on the brakes will lock up your tires and cause them to skid even more. Steer your vehicle in the direction that your car is spinning, and once traction has been regained, you can straighten your car back out. Try your best to stay calm if your car begins to skid.