Winter brings driving challenges of its own: increased traffic due to holiday travel cause delays while icy road conditions add a degree of difficulty to the simplest driving maneuvers. To help you remain safe on icy roads, preparation and smart driving behaviors go a long way.

Winter Driving Tips

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the winter climate. As part of this, it’s important to check your automobile’s tire pressure levels regularly. Properly inflated tires make it easier to handle your vehicle, even in slick road conditions. To find out what the proper PSI levels are for your tires, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  • Check the tread depth of the tires. Worn down tires don’t provide as much traction as newer tires. Aim for at least 2/32” tread depth. If it’s lower than that replacing your tires before winter comes is a smart choice to make.
  • Also, have an inspection done on your vehicle’s brakes and alignment. A misaligned car presents even more challenges when trying to navigate over a slick road. Meanwhile, ensuring your vehicle’s brakes work in peak condition make a critical difference in stopping distance.
  • Understand how your vehicle handles icy roads. If you don’t have much experience driving in winter conditions, find an empty parking lot and drive when the weather turns snowy. Allow the vehicle to slip to see how it handles on the ice and frozen snow. Not only will this help you gain a feel for your vehicle to make corrections, but it also provides you with invaluable experience.
  • You’ll also want to practice safe driving behaviors. AAA recommends you accelerate and decelerate slowly because you’ll give your vehicle more ability to gain traction. It’s also important to slow steadily when approaching curves or driving on bridges.
  • When your vehicle slides, steer into it. This allows you to correct the misalignment from the slide and helps you to regain control of your vehicle. When your vehicle slides, steer into it. This allows you to correct the misalignment from the slide and helps you to regain control of your vehicle.

Winter driving can be challenging, but these tips are a great starting point in ensuring your travel during the colder months is safe. The key is to remain patient when driving and pay close attention to your vehicle and the road’s conditions.

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