For most of us, with the winter months rolling in it can make driving much more dangerous than other seasons of the year. We would like you to take a few moments to see how you can prepare yourself to be a defensive driver this winter season.
1. You and your car are properly equipped
- Be sure to check that you have a sufficient amount of anti freeze, as well as windshield wiper fluid.
- Make sure your windshield is clear of ice, snow, and dirt before driving.
- Check that headlights are clean and in working order.
- Schedule to get your battery tested so you won’t be left stranded with a car that won’t start.
- Confirm that your tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. This kit should include a flashlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a blanket, and extra batteries.
- Always remember to have your cell phone with you in case of an emergency, but remember not to use it while driving!
2. Drive slowly and smoothly
We often find ourselves in a hurry in our everyday lives, and a lot of times we reflect this driving. Take a moment to observe the conditions around you, and take your time. It is better to get to your destination late than not at all.
- Refrain from quick acceleration, abrupt braking, and unnecessary lane changes. With icy roads, these movements can cause your vehicle to lose traction which can lead to an uncontrollable skid, causing a collision.
- Four Wheel Drive is great in snow and slush, but is virtually useless on ice when it comes to steering or stopping safely.
- Be patient and realize that it is probably going to take you longer to get where you want to go. You need to accept that.
3. Do not tailgate
Tailgating causes enough accidents in good weather conditions, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Icy conditions makes stopping suddenly virtually impossible. Stay back.
- Be patient and and leave enough room with the driver in front of you until it is safe to pass.
- Remember that it takes much more time to stop in winter conditions than it normally would, even with a light dusting on the road. Leave plenty of braking room.
- Dealing with a fender bender in the snow is something none of us want to experience, especially with other cars sliding around.
More tips can be found here: http://greenereid.com/news/avoiding-winter-weather-auto-accidents/