The most dangerous day to drive is a Saturday. Throughout the winter season the risk of driving on a Saturday becomes even more dangerous. Due to the snow, ice, rain and other hazardous weather conditions, it is important to make sure you do everything to prepare yourself and your car for the winter season. There are steps to help prevent accidents and prepare drivers if they should happen to have an accident.
The Guide to Winter Driving:
- Slow down: With spontaneous weather conditions, there is a greater risk of accidents. Leave a few minutes early and slow down while breaking and turning especially, to help become a more defensive driver. Even accelerating slowly will help, by reducing wheel spin.
- Check your tires: If your tires are worn this is the perfect time for new tires. It may also be a good idea to consider special winter weather tires.
- Avoid standing water, ice, snow and road edges when possible
- Clear off all snow and ice from the windshield before driving: To insure optimal vision it is best to scrap all snow and ice off of your vehicles windows.
- Pump your breaks: locking your wheels when breaking can cause your vehicle to slide or skid. By pumping your breaks more traction is created. Also, try to perform one action, like breaking, accelerating, or turning at one time.
- Maintain an emergency kit: items like a first aid, small shovel, jumper cables, reflective pieces, snow salt, tow rope, duct tape, windshield scraper, an extra blanket and gloves can come in handy for unexpected situations.
- Check your cooling System: the cooling system should be flushed at least every two years to help prevent the cold from causing damage to the radiator, engine and heater hoses.
By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of yourself and others. In the winter time it is always best to be fully prepared, because there is no telling what the weather will do next. To find out if your car is equipped for winter driving, call Hassett Automotive and set up an inspection.