6 Tips For Safe Winter Driving
6 Tips For Safe Winter Driving
Winter is coming. Oh wait…it’s already here! Winter can be an amazing season if you like being outdoors, whether it's hitting the ski slopes, ice skating, hiking, or even just a good old road trip. However, it can be a frightening driving experience for many. Here are some simple tips to keep yourself safe on the road:
1. Clear your vehicle of ALL snow - don’t be lazy
Yes, it's a tedious task, but do not drive your vehicle without having all your views clear of any ice or snow, including your blind spot! If you leave snow or ice stuck on any part of your vehicle, it may disable safety sensors on the vehicle. Try to park your vehicle in your garage if you have access to one.
2. Top up your windshield washer & your gas tank
Do not drive with low windshield washer fluid. If you drive a lot, It’s safe to always top up your washer once a week. The winter salt on the road can completely block your visibility and can lead to fatal accidents on the road. If possible, always carry an extra windshield washer in your trunk. Another helpful tip is to leave your wiper blades up if you park outside.
Always keep your gas tank above 50% in case you get stuck in a storm and need to take a major detour.
3. Check your tire treads
Enter some text...If you have access to winter tires, that’s great. If you do not, it's not the end of the world. Just make sure your tire treads are healthy. If you are unsure of how to check your treads, here’s a quick guide from Roam. If your tires are below 50%, please contact our team immediately and we’ll have it sorted out. Remember, your ability to drive safely in winter conditions depends highly on your tire treads.
4. Keep safe distance with the vehicle in front of you
We always like to use the 6-second rule to leave enough distance between vehicles.
Avoid tailgating (driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you). To be safe, pick any landmark on the road and count until 6 from the time the vehicle in front of you crosses the landmark to the time your vehicle crosses it. The goal is to leave a 6-second gap between the 2 vehicles. Most accidents in winter happen due to tailgating.
5. Slow down and give yourself more time - you’re not Batman
Arrive alive. Saving a few minutes on the road is not worth the danger. In slippery conditions, always exercise precaution. That includes:
- Driving at the speed of traffic and not overtaking vehicles.
- Avoid breaking or changing lanes abrupts or harshly. Slamming on your breaks can cause the vehicle to skid. Here’s a helpful guide on what to do if your vehicle skids on slippery roads.
- Do not use cruise control or autopilot. These are technologies still undergoing testing. In many instances, bad weather can render them useless or dangerous.
- Lastly, do not drive while distracted. Save that important text message or Instagram reel for when you’re safely parked.
Remember, even if you cannot see snow on the road, there could be black ice which is far more dangerous than accumulated snow.
6. Avoid driving during a storm
If you can, completely avoid driving if there's a snowstorm warning. If you get caught in the middle of a storm, take an exit and wait at a coffee shop or a mall to let the storm pass by.
Don’t worry, the team at Roam will always keep you informed of any upcoming weather warnings!