Its that time of year again. Holiday cheer, pumpkin spice latte, waiting in line to see Santa at the mall, and of course, snow. Driving in the snow can be a scary and dangerous experience. Drivers should know the rules and how to deal with winter driving situations. Sign Wise reminds everyone to stay safe and to be cautious this winter season. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe for the holidays.
Sign Wise Winter Driving Tips:
- Avoid driving while fatigued and be extra careful at night. Get the right amount of rest before embarking on the road.
- Regularly check that your tires are properly inflated. The cold air can fluctuate the air pressure.
- Insure your tires are ready for winter and if needed, have them replaced.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery surface.
- Never warm your vehicle up in an enclosed area, such as your garage.
- Check your car for animals that may have crawled up inside to keep warm.
- Watch weather reports before taking a long trip. Plan accordingly.
- If you happen to get stuck in the snow, stay with your vehicle. It can provide shelter until emergency services arrive to assist you. Do not try to walk during a snow storm, it is easy to become lost and get hurt, or worse, die.
- Don't over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of an embankment.
- Keep an extra supply of winter clothes, blanket, gloves, hats, and spare gasoline in your car for emergencies.
- Have your brakes checked before snow comes. Know if your car has antilock brakes or not.
- If you can, stay home. Even if you are an experienced snow driver, not everyone else on the road is. Don't push your luck if you don't have to be out.