The roads outside are frightful, but here are some driving tips that are insightful. Since you’ve got places to go, here is what you should know.
- Leave early and drive gently. When its snowy or icy outside, everything takes longer. Don’t gamble you and your family’s safety by being in a hurry. Avoid skidding and loss of control by taking it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.
- Increase following distance. Normal recommended following distance on dry roads is three to four seconds. On snow or ice following distance should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
- Increase space between your car and other’s at stop lights. Allowing extra distance between you and the next car allows you to move forward if you notice the car behind you skidding or unable to brake.
- Don’t stop if you don’t have to. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. This will decrease the likelihood of becoming stuck on the road.
- Do not stop going up a hill. Few things are worse than sliding backwards while trying to drive forward. Avoid this scary scenario by getting some inertia before heading up that big hill on your route.
- Wait for conditions to improve. The world’s best drivers are on the same roads as the world’s worst drivers. If you don’t really have to go out, then don’t. Need groceries? Albertson’s delivers. Have some Christmas shopping to do? Give Amazon.com a try.