We had a little snow/ice storm here in Oklahoma this week. Seeing the slew of individuals braving the roads, that really shouldn’t be braving the roads, I thought it would be a good time to discuss a few Winter weather driving tips.
1. Clean Off Your Car ENTIRELY
I know, you’re in a hurry and as long as you have a little peephole to see out of you should be fine. Wrong. You need just as much visibility – if not more – during a snow/ice storm as you do when the weather is nice. Be sure to clean your front and rear windshields, your car door windows and your rearview mirrors. You will need full visibility in all.
2. Keep Your Gas Tank Close to Full
The last thing you want to happen is to be stranded in the snow. But it could be worse. You could run out of gas, and then have no heat while waiting.
3. Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers are in Good Shape
Good windshield wipers are a must in winter weather. You need your wiper blades to be in good condition to ensure they help keep your windshield clean and your visibility 100 percent. Also, be sure to turn your windshield wipers off when you turn your car off, so they don’t get frozen/stuck in the on position.
4. If You Have to Drive, Drive Slow
In snow and ice, your tires are barely gaining traction so do everything slowly. Accelerate slowly. Turn slowly. Brake slowly. Don’t follow any other vehicles too closely and be sure to have a cautious eye.
And the golden rule of driving in winter weather is to BE SAFE!