Driving in the snow is not an easy task, but there are some steps you can take to improve your safety. With these extra layers of protection, you can have some peace of mind and enjoy the ride!
All about the tires
Before you head out on your journey, make sure your car is equipped to handle the conditions. There are 2 common options: having a car with 4WD / AWD with winter tires OR adding chains to your regular 2WD vehicle. With these combinations, your vehicle won’t be slipping and sliding all over the road
Typically for visiting the snow, tire chains are more common, and you can find them in a lot of stores, including your local auto shops!
Prepare your car
Aside from the wheels, make sure other functions of your car are working properly, such as window defrosters and the heating system. Also make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition to clear your view during active snowfall.
Another important reminder is to keep your vehicle stocked with some useful tools, including a shovel, snow brush, and ice scraper for quick window cleaning and road clearing!
Increase your visibility
With all the whiteness around, especially while it’s snowing, it can be difficult to see what is ahead of you. As long as they do not impair your sight of the road ahead, keep your headlights on and consider turning on your hazards to attract more attention to yourself. Although this does not do much for you, it can save you and other drivers from a horrible incident.
Knowing that roads are wet and icy, you should adjust your driving to fit the conditions. Ease your foot on and off the gas & brake pedal to avoid any jerky movements, and slowly turn the steering wheel as you maneuver the vehicle. By going slow, you can remain in control of the vehicle more easily and consistently.
Pay close attention to your dashboard as you drive. Your vehicle will warn you when you start losing control, but just remain calm and steer yourself towards a safe empty part of the road. Remember not to make any sudden aggressive movements, and keep your eyes on where you want to end up.
Prepare for Emergencies
Regardless of all your preparations, accidents are possible. So make sure you have some blankets, water, and snacks in case you have to remain in the car for hours or days. Also make sure to carry your resqme® and defendme® to escape a possible emergency or signal your presence to others on the road!