Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Driving Tips

Some of the most important tips for safe winter driving include:

·         Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered;
·         Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles;
·         Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations;
·         Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces;
·         Be wary of black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing;
·         Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events;
·         Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound;
·         Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes;
·         Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival; and

·         Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if you become snowbound.