During this season, roads can be hazardous due to the colder temperatures. Snow and ice are more likely to occur and cause issues when traveling. It is best not to drive at all, but sometimes being on the roads during these conditions is unavoidable. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states, “Winter storms, bad weather, and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter. Keep reading below to learn how to stay safe if you happen to find yourself driving on icy roads.
Drive extra slowly to account for lower traction on icy roads. Driving fast can increase the chance of losing control. Do not slam on the brakes or accelerate quickly – this can cause your car to skid. If your vehicle begins to feel like it is floating or skidding, steer in the same direction as your car is sliding. Give yourself extra space in between the car in front of you.
Be Aware of Black Ice
Black ice blends into the road’s color because it is transparent like water and can be hard to see. Anticipate when and where black ice could occur, such as on bridges. Your car thermometer is not always the best judge of the road conditions. Pavement stays colder for a more extended time than the air temperature the thermometer may read.
De-Ice your Vehicle
Before driving, start your car to warm the engine and defrost the windshield. Clean your hood, roof, trunk, lights, and windows from any ice that will limit your visibility. Rubbing alcohol and salt can all be used to de-ice your car without causing damage.
Please follow these tips while driving in the snow, if necessary, to stay safe this winter.