4 Tips on How to Stay Safe Driving in the Snow

January 30th, 2020 by

4 Tips on How to Stay Safe Driving in the Snow

When you live in the Midwest, driving in the snow is inevitable when winter rolls around, which means you have to properly prepare for the elements before you take to the streets. Here are a few tips to take into consideration before you begin driving in the snow…

Tip #1: Check the status of your tires. Tire health is always important no matter what conditions you’re driving in, but when it comes to driving through snow, traction is key. Make sure your tire tread is at a healthy level, and if you’re not sure how to check, you can watch our instructional video here. If you think you’re in need of new tires, you can schedule a visit with our service department online.

Tip #2: Check your gas level. Snowy conditions can often times be unpredictable. You may leave the house during a light snow, but by the time you head home several inches of snow has accumulated on the ground. Traffic slows down and accidents happen frequently when the conditions for driving are poor, which could mean being stuck in your car much longer than anticipated, so be sure you have at least a half tank of gas before you venture out in these winter conditions. You don’t want to find yourself stuck on the side of the road in a snow storm and out of gas.

Tip #3: Pack an emergency car kit. In the circumstance that you do get stuck on the side of the road, you want to be sure to have the essentials to keep you comfortable while you wait for help. A few items that are vital to have are bottled water, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight/road flares, extra layers/blankets, and a portable cell phone charger, to name a few. If you have children with you, be sure they have warm winter coats in the vehicle, as well as a durable pair of shoes (incase you have to get our of the vehicle and walk).

Tip #4: Clear all snow from your vehicle before driving. Many people clear off their windshields before driving for visibility, but what often goes overlooked is the roof. It’s important to clear all snow off the roof of your vehicle to ensure you stay safe on the road. If you come to a stop or must brake quickly, the sheet of snow on top of your vehicle could likely slide down, covering up your windshield and blocking your visibility altogether, so it’s crucial to make sure the snow on top of your car is cleared prior to putting your car in drive.

In addition to these tips, be sure to always leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you when driving in snowy conditions. Interested in learning more tips and tricks? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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