With snow on the way tonight and tomorrow, we wanted to remind you of a few tips for keeping it safe on the road:
- Clear off windows, mirrors and roof before you leave. When you brake, snow on top can slide forward and cover your windshield.
- Brush snow off your headlights and taillights, so you have the best light on the road and other drivers can see you.
- Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid and keep your gas tank full.
- Cut your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle ahead. A rule of thumb is 8 to 10 seconds for a good following distance depending on your tire tread, weight of your car, amount of snow on road, and visibility conditions. You may want even more!
- Avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. Brake gently to avoid skidding or sliding.
- If you find yourself in a skid, a general piece of advice is to let up on the gas and steer in the direction you want your front tires to go
- Never use cruise control in snow or when there’s a chance of ice. It can cause your tires to spin faster when you hit a slick spot and then fishtail your vehicle when the tires regain traction.
Simply take your time and give driving your undivided attention. Be safe!