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Tips for Driving on Snow Safely

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If your winter plans will have you driving into snowy weather, then it’s important to that you understand how to drive safely in the snow. Hundreds of auto accidents occur each year due to drivers losing control of their vehicles in icy conditions. Here are some helpful tips for driving safely through the snow:

Tires and Snow Chains

Many car accidents occur in the winter due to cars losing control on icy roads. When ice forms on the streets and highways, your tires may not be able to grip the road properly, causing you to skid. It’s important that you make sure that you have your car outfitted with tires that are able to handle icy conditions. Snow chains may also be required when the weather is particularly bad, so make sure you have those on hand before you set out for your trip. Snow tires can be purchased on most auto supply shops and can be relatively inexpensive.

Four-Wheel Drive

While it’s true that all wheel drive vehicles are better able to handle tough conditions on the road, it’s important to understand that this is not a failsafe feature. Many drivers make the mistake of thinking that their vehicles four-wheel drive capabilities will take care of them in any weather. However, there is only so much that 4WD is able to do. It’s still very important that you make sure that your tires are suitable for winter driving.

Brakes

The last thing you want during a snowstorm is for your brakes to fail. You should have brake inspections performed on your car regularly, however, this is particularly important before you head out on a trip to the snow. If it’s been a while since your last brake inspection, take the time to have your vehicle looked at before you head out on your trip.

Wipers & Lights

Visibility is a very important factor when driving in the snow. You want to make sure that you are able to see the road ahead of you and that other drivers are able to see you as well. Before you set out on your trip, it’s important that you make sure that your windshield wipers and lights are all working properly. Replacing windshield wipers is a minor investment that could end up saving your life.

Avoid Driving in Extreme Conditions if Possible

Of course, the best way to avoid accidents on icy roads is not driving on them in the first place. A quick online search can tell you what current road conditions are like. If possible, avoid driving during times when the roads are more likely to be slick or when snow makes visibility more difficult. Moving your trip a day, or even just several hours can give you the peace of mind that you won’t be putting yourself and your passengers in harm’s way.

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