Your guide to winter driving like a boss

It’s that time of year where we experience the beauty of snow, ice, and everything in between. Although it’s nice to view this from indoors, it’s an entirely different experience on the road. Keep yourself safe by following these winter driving tips.

Stay alert.
Turn down the Death Grips a tad. Put your phone into driving mode. Scan your surroundings. Check your mirrors. Be aware. Not only can this save your life, but the lives of everyone around you.

Slow down.
Speed limits are meant for ideal conditions in which the roads are dry. That limit no longer applies when there is snow and ice covering the roads. Reduce your speed and increase your following distance as conditions and visibility worsen.

Keep your lights on.
But don’t forget to turn them off when you park!

If it’s icy…
Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. “There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.”

Get your car serviced.
Check the tire pressure, battery, charging system, cooling system and belts. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape, and that your windshield washer reservoir is full.

Keep your tank at least half full at all times.
If you get stuck or stranded somewhere, you will be able to keep warm.

Upgrade your emergency supply game.
It’s a great idea to have water, food, an emergency kit, blankets, and other emergency supplies in your car. If you manage to get stuck somewhere for a few hours waiting on AAA, this supply could make the wait much easier.

Know before you go.
Before leaving the house, check the road conditions in your area to see which backroads to avoid, where it’s flooded or icy, if there’s any accidents, etc.

Stay home.
If you don’t really have to go out, don’t. Even if you have plenty of experience driving in the snow or ice, not everyone is well prepared, so it’s likely safer to just stay home.

For more winter driving tips, visit the AAA Winter Driving Tips webpage.

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