As we approach the winter season, I thought it appropriate to share some winter weather driving tips that I have found useful:
1. Get snow tires. All-season tires will not be as helpful with traction, so its a really great idea to get a fresh set of snow tires put on your car this winter.
2. Turn on your car headlights when driving. This is a great idea, not just for you to see, but so that other drivers and motorists can see you. My mom has always told me that anytime I have my windshield wipers on, I should also have my headlights on.
3. Tap your breaks often to test the road conditions.
4. Don't ever put your car in cruise control on snowy and icy surfaces. This will prevent you from having control as your car moves over slippery surfaces.
5. Always have an ice scraper handy. Not
only is this important for you to be able to see out of your car
windows, flying ice from you car can be dangerous to other motorists on
the roads as it will become a projectile if you don't remove it from
your car before driving. Its a good idea to scrape off your headlights
too so other drivers can see you on the road.
6. Keep your windshield wiper fluid full so you can clear off your windshield periodically while you drive.
7. Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Keep in mind that the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
8. Keep a trunk full of emergency supplies. Things like blankets, boots, gloves, ice-scraper, flashlights, etc. If you get stuck and are without a signal, these things will come into handy.
9. Don't drive
with your gas tank near empty. If you get stuck, you want to make sure
you can at least run the heat in your car to stay warm until help
10. My co-anchor, Brittney Hibbs says "Ice and snow, take it slow!"
These are just a few of the many tips to help you play it safe out there on the roadways this winter. Happy Holidays and be safe everyone!