Let’s face it: winter is coming whether we like it or not. While we can’t change the weather, we can be prepared for when it hits.
If you live in a northern climate, getting through winter is all about how well you can deal with the snow and ice. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list for doing exactly that!
Purchase Winter Tires
Winter tires are a must! Made from softer rubber, winter tires provide better traction in icy conditions. Adding these to your vehicle will allow you to handle better and stop more rapidly. This could easily prevent a major accident. While these will cost you more money, they’re well worth it.
Give Yourself a Little Extra Time
If your daily commute is typically 20 minutes, give yourself 30 so you’re not in a rush. Keep in mind that posted speed limits are estimated for perfect, ideal road conditions. Because of this, when the conditions are adverse, slow down!
Ensure That You Can See
Snow limits your vision when driving, so do everything you can to maximize your field of vision. Clear off your windshield, windows and mirrors before departing. You should always clean your lights regularly because road grime and slush will stick to them and dim them down. This makes it even harder to see in the dark.
Get Experience with Driving in Snow
Inexperienced snow drivers quickly become the most dangerous individuals on the road. Provide other drivers at least three times the normal following distance than you would to avoid collisions. Learn to pump your brakes when you go into a skid; this will allow you to regain control of your vehicle and slow you down.
Even after exiting your vehicle, be cautious. The soles of your shoes may become slippery over time, so take small steps and keep your hands free of your packets in case you happen to slip.
Invest in the Proper Supplies
Before the snow hits, make sure you have enough food to get you through a few days in doors. Also, load up on basic necessities such as toilet paper, toothpaste and tissues. Invest in a gas-detection system as well, since you’ll have your furnace humming for a few days. This will be crucial in case of a malfunction.
Just because you have not received numerous warnings regarding a snow or ice storm does not mean that one is not on the way. Weather patterns can change very quickly, and if you are not prepared ahead of time, you could find yourself without enough time to prepare. It does not take much time to have a basic plan and a few extra supplies in the house, but it could prevent countless problems in the future.
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