Winter is upon us which means snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures and harsh driving conditions. Blowing snow, poor visibility, and black ice pose a threat to drivers every year, especially in Wisconsin. There are many precautions and pre-planning that goes into getting ready for the winter driving months. Make sure that you have a winter safety kit in your vehicle in case of an accident or breakdown. It is important to be prepared for those situations because it can really mean saving your life. In addition to making sure you have a winter emergency car kit, make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter by checking fluid levels, windshield wipers, tires and more. Here are some winter safety driving tip to remember this winter season.
Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights- take the time to clear the snow and ice from your vehicle. Not properly clearing off your vehicle can lead to visibility issues for yourself and other drivers. Make sure to clear off your headlights and taillights as snow can cover them and can lead to other drivers not being able to see you are clearly.
Leave plenty of room for stopping- remember that snow and ice can make stopping quickly difficult, so always leave plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles. Even if the roads look clear, they could be more difficult than you think.
Know the current road conditions- be prepared with knowing the road conditions ahead of time. Call 511 in Wisconsin for a road update or look online.
Don’t use cruise control- always be prepared and having cruise control on can delay your response time or cause you to break too hard when you hit a slippery patch.
Trucks are heavier than cars- trucks, especially very large trucks take longer to safely respond and come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them as they may not be able to slow down in time.
From all of us at Hall Cars, we hope that you all have a safe winter and that you find these winter safety driving tips useful. Be sure to check out our blog for other helpful tips from Hall Cars and if you are interested in getting your vehicle ready for the winter months, please contact us today!