Winter Driving Tips
As Ohio drivers, we know that snow can come at any time as soon as the winter months are upon us. Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for those on the road. Motorists should be prepared for inclement weather as winter approaches.
AAA Recommends the following winter driving tips:
- Avoid driving while you are fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
- Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
- Make sure your gas tank does not get too low on fuel.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surface.
- Always look and steer where you want to go.
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
Tips for driving in the snow:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember that it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. The increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t come to a hard stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big different in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Thank you AAA for the tips. Everyone be safe this winter!