Winter is fully upon us, and we have at least two to three more months of cold, frigid temperatures and a likelihood of snowstorms ahead of us. Depending on where you live in the country, a few more storms are either a possibility or a guarantee. No matter where you call home, if snow is a possibility, it is important to understand how to stay safe while on icy roads.
Staying Safe on Winter Roads
If there is a winter storm, the best thing you can do is stay indoors and avoid driving during it. However, that is not always possible depending on your line of work or familial needs. Therefore, there are a few tips you should consider to stay safe on the roads during the cold weather months.
· “Just in case” cold-weather gear should remain in your car at all times. This one is arguably the most important, even though it sounds like it is coming from your paranoid, overprotective parent. However, it can save lives. If you are going to drive anywhere – especially long distances – in the winter months, you will need to have a safety kit in your vehicle. The kit should include extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, etc.
· Check your tires and make sure they are properly inflated and have the right amount of tread or grip. If they do not, make sure to replace them.
· In the winter, your fuel tank should always be at least half full at all times.
· No matter how cold it is, do NOT warm up your car in an enclosed area, like a garage or shed. Carbon monoxide is odorless but extremely dangerous.
· As convenient as cruise control is when driving long distances, do not use it while driving on slippery, icy roads.
The key to staying safe during the winter months is to ensure your vehicle is functioning at its best while adding in some additional safety precautions. When driving in the snow, try to drive slowly, not accelerate or brake suddenly, be extra cautious when going uphill, and double your regular following distance. As you know, the winter months bring an increased number of motor vehicle accidents. A collision is a guaranteed way to cause windshield damage, but also likely irreparable vehicle damage. Therefore, we cannot stress staying off the roads enough. However, keep these tips in mind if you inevitably have to drive during a winter storm to keep your family as safe as possible.
A great defense against harm is a safe, well-maintained car and safe driving habits during the winter months. If your vehicle has seen any auto glass damage this winter, call your local Glass America right away to schedule an appointment with The Best in Auto Glass.