Whether you love winter weather or you’re counting the days until spring, one thing is certain—winter weather conditions call for preparation and extra caution.
The following are a few tips from the Automobile Association of America, to help keep you safe on the roads.
•Winter weather can mean dangerous driving conditions – and not just if you’re in the middle of a storm:
·Black ice is common at night or in the morning after a particularly warm winter day when melting and refreezing has occurred.
·Also watch out for pooled water or slush, which can cause hydroplaning and skidding.
·If you’re driving on wet or slick roads, remember you need to brake twice as early as you would on dry roads, to stop in time.
·Likewise, leave twice the distance between your vehicle and the one you are following, to avoid rear-end collisions.
·Don’t let your guard down later in the season – that’s when the worst accidents usually occur.
•Be sure to check your tire pressure periodically. Because air expands when it’s warmer and contracts when it’s colder, correct tire pressure in summer months will be too low in colder temperatures.
•If you’re braking with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), remember to keep firm pressure on the brake pedal until your vehicle comes to a complete stop. Don’t pump the brakes!
•If your car starts to skid, turn the wheel slightly in the direction the vehicle is skidding. Then tap the brake gently. This will transfer the weight of the vehicle onto the front end, and can help you regain control.
•If you’re driving a car with all-wheel drive, remember all-wheel drive can help get you going in bad weather, but it won’t help you stop any faster—slow down and get there safely.