It’s that time of year again when driving can be treacherous. Black ice is the deadliest danger when driving during the winter and is formed when snow melts and then refreezes. Since it is almost invisible, many people drive at normal speeds resulting in serious accidents. Pavement that looks dry but appears darker in color and dull-looking should alert to the presence of black ice.
Many accidents could be avoided by following these tips for driving safely during snowy and icy conditions.
- Drive at slower speeds, anticipate stops at traffic lights and intersections, and apply breaks sooner than normal helps ensure accident-free stops.
- Leave extra space between vehicles allowing room to maneuver in case something goes wrong.
- REMEMBER TO KEEP WINDOWS CLEAR.
- Always try, if possible, to drive and go out after the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to clear the roads.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination during the winter or when the weather is bad.
- If your car is stuck, DO NOT spin your wheels. This will only dig the car in deeper.
- Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
- Use a light touch of gas, to ease your car out.
- Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car wheels, to help get traction.
Remember to always be safe when driving, no matter what season, and in the winter take extra precautions when driving.