Winter Driving Checklist

Cars_in_snowstormWe may have dodged strong blizzards thus far, but who knows what mother nature has in store for the rest of winter. While mid-January might be a little late to start prepping for winter driving, it’s not too late to make sure you avoid an accident. Here’s some tips to help keep your car on the road.

1. Make an Emergency Kit: AAA suggests all motorists keep items, like a flashlight with extra batteries and a snow shovel , handy. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit, warm clothing and blankets, and window washer solvent. Also, keeping a bag of abrasive material, like salt, is a good idea just in case your car gets stuck in snow.

2. Leave Room and Reduce Your Speed: Black ice often causes drivers to skid without any warning. Leave extra room between your car and other vehicles because it’s impossible to know where this silent killer may be.

3. Avoid Slamming the Brakes: If your vehicle starts to slide on ice your first reaction might be to stop immediately; however, slamming the brakes will only create more problems. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator. To find out more information about braking on ice, read the Weather Channel’s advice.

4. Use Common Sense: Sounds easy enough, right? If the weather is bad, don’t take any risks. Snow and ice might seem like small nuisances, but these little obstacles are responsible for a number of accidents each winter.

If you get stuck in some snow, avoid spinning your wheels and digging yourself deeper. Luckily, you should have your salt and shovel handy after reading this article. For more auto and towing information— Click Here.