The oldest among us may be the wisest, but sometimes, tasks that were once easy to tackle can be more of a challenge. It’s important to be careful driving in winter weather, especially with slick roads, low visibility, colder temperatures, and less daylight.
Keep Your Car in Shape
Your car needs to be prepared for the weather every time you drive it. That means it’s important to keep it well maintained. Are winter tires allowed in your area? They may help improve traction in the snow and ice.
● Check the tire pressure and treads regularly,
● Keep the gas tank at least half full,
● Change your oil regularly,
● Keep your windshield wipers in good shape and your wiper fluid filled,
● Have dashboard warning lights checked quickly,
● Have your battery inspected – they tend to wear out faster in cool weather.
● Keep your brakes in good working condition, and
● Check that all of your lights work.
Always Be Prepared
It’s also important that you are always prepared to drive. That means making sure that you’re comfortable driving in the current conditions, and that you have everything with you that you’ll need in case you do get stuck. In addition to a winter ice scraper, keep an emergency kit in your car with the following:
● Warm clothing,
● Non-perishable food,
● A cell phone, and
● Comfortable shoes.
You can also prepare by having your health and vision checked! Don’t drive after taking certain medications, or if you’re feeling tired or sick. Keep in mind that certain times of the day have more traffic, and it’s safer and easier to plan your travels around these times. That also makes it easier to stick to main roads that are likely to be less slippery and snowy.
Every time you get behind the wheel, do what you can to make this trip easy for yourself.
● Clear all the snow and ice off windows and mirrors to improve visibility as much as possible,
● Let your car warm up – it’s not good to drive a cold engine,
● Use your headlights, even during the day. They’re not just for you to see – they help other drivers see you better as well,
● Keep in mind that bridges tend to be icier and windier, and be alert, aware, and cautious,
● If the weather is bad and your journey is not an emergency, consider putting it off until conditions improve, and
Bring your cell phone with you in case of emergencies, but don’t use it while driving