With the New Year, comes the coldest months of the year. As winter weather comes full force, and you are en route to your New Year vacation destinations or even to and from work, make sure you follow these safety tips of the road when you find yourself caught in winter weather conditions.
Check the Weather
You don’t want these storms to surprise you. Check the weather before going out on any trip. However, even if the weather looks clear, you should always be prepared for unexpected weather changes. You can be prepared by the steps below!
Be Ready for Shorter Days
During December, you may have noticed the days getting much shorter. As you leave work or school, take extra precautions in the darker conditions. Make sure to have your headlights are working and turned on for visibility around you, and so that you are visible to others in rush hour traffic. Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians who may be crossing the street to the cars at the end of the day.
Pack a Winter Survival Kit in Your Vehicle
First, always be sure your vehicle is prepared before ever rolling one tire on the slick roads. As temperatures drop, it’s essential that your vehicle is stocked with winter driving essentials. Make sure your survival pack contains a flashlight, ice scraper, extra blankets, water and non-perishable snacks, sand and salt, and more (from our friends at Travelers Insurance).
Make sure your vehicle is maintained for the weather. Tires with little tread are unsafe to drive on, especially on ice. Also, make sure your windshield wipers and fluid are at top condition and full for any weather you hit on your drive.
Driving Safety on Precipitation
Stay a safe distance away from the driver ahead of you. Rough patches of ice, sleet, snow or rain can make your breaking distance much longer. Use caution when driving; Drive slower than the speed limit and even slower when approaching areas where your site is impaired by falling snow or snow banks.
If the weather gets too out of hand that you become to feel unsafe, the best thing to do it stop and wait until the bad weather breaks.
Getting Stuck on the Road
If you get stuck on the road in a snowstorm, stay in your car and wait for help to arrive. According to Travelers, it is best to only run your heater for 10 minutes at a time. If snow clogs the exhaust pipe, there is a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
These tips can help you, your family and your vehicle safe during any winter or holiday travels. If you are in need of Oklahoma City auto insurance, or would like to seek out better coverage for a better price, Synergy Insurance can help. We are happy to help, and are here to give you complete peace of mind!