Michiganites know that winter can bring about lots of snow and ice, making driving more difficult. If the roads are too bad, try to stay inside. However, if you do have to drive on the snow and ice, here are some tips to stay safe.
- Slow down. The most important thing to do when road conditions are bad is to slow down. Take your time and you’ll have more control over your vehicle and more traction under your tires.
- Use caution. Avoid sudden stops and quick turns. Do not brake quickly, as sudden stops can cause your tires to lock up which will make you slide.
- Use your headlights and windshield wipers. Visibility is crucial, so keep precipitation off your windshield when driving. Headlights will help you see in front of you, and will also help you be seen by other drivers.
- Do not stop on hills. If you are driving up and down hills, avoiding stopping when possible. If you stop on a hill, you can lose momentum and traction, which may cause you to roll backwards.
- Watch for other drivers. Use defensive driving techniques and anticipate the moves of other drivers. Keep a safe following distance between you and others to allow more time for stopping or changing directions. Be prepared for other cars to possibly lose control and be ready to safely react.
Pfeiffer Plainfield Used wants you and your loved ones to stay safe this winter. Following these tips will help you stay safe when driving in snowy conditions. Of course, be sure to always wear your seat belt, no matter what the weather is.