We never think it will happen to us. One minute you're driving down the road, almost home thinking about what's on the menu for dinner when, all of a sudden, the car is spinning and sliding safely into someone's yard and comes to a stop. Snow, ice, sleet, and early darkness can all contribute to situations like this, but there are a few precautions we can take to avoid them whenever possible. Check out these tips to keep you out of the medians.
It may seem obvious, and I know you're in a hurry, but if we all slowed down and braked a little earlier, countless accidents and injuries could be avoided. Always to pay attention to the brake lights in front of you!
Increase Your Following Distance
Be sure to maintain a safe distance and anticipate a bit of sliding on snowy or icy roads. Better safe than sorry!
Maintain Proper Air Pressure
The cold temperatures lower the air pressure in your tires which can be dangerous in wintry conditions. Most newer vehicles have automatic sensors, but double checking with a hand tool is always a good idea.
Stock Your Vehicle
You can never be too prepared. Keeping a few basic items such as a shovel, jumper cables, an ice scraper, and a cell phone charger could be the difference between getting out immediately, or waiting in the cold for hours.
The best way to avoid an accident, is to stay off the roads in the first place. If the roads are covered in snow or have a sheet of ice on them, the safest thing to do is stay inside unless you absolutely have to leave.