Are you ready to drive in inclement weather?
December 06 2018
No one enjoys driving in bad weather, but sometimes you don't have a choice. When you’re out on the road during wet or icy conditions, try to remember these tips. They can help make your trip a little safer.
Safe Driving Tips for Wet or Icy Roads
Traveling while the weather is bad can be stressful, but there are a few things you can do to make it less so. For starters, allow extra time for your trip. Once you’re on the road:
- Accelerate and brake slowly, and be extra cautious navigating hills.
- Drive slower and increase your following distance by at least 8 seconds.
- Avoid using cruise control.
- Beware of hard-to-spot black ice as temperatures approach freezing.
How to Prepare for Driving in Inclement Weather
Have your car serviced to make sure that fluids such as antifreeze have been topped off. Likewise, check that your battery, brakes and tires are in top working condition. Something that seems as harmless as worn tire tread can reduce your ability to stop in slick conditions and may even cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Since weather can quickly shift from good to bad, consider keeping an all-purpose safety kit packed in your car. Here are a few items you may want to include:
- Jumper cables
- Tire changing tools and a properly inflated spare tire
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Ice scraper
- Reflective triangles or flares
- First-aid kit
- Extra gloves, hats and blankets
When you’re out on the road in bad weather, stay alert and drive carefully. If you have questions about getting your vehicle ready for inclement weather, please get in touch.