Wintertime is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road because of a whole bunch of bad weather conditions, including snow and the scariest of all, freezing rain. There are ways to navigate winter weather safely, though, so follow these tips to keep your car on the road in any conditions.
Always drive slowly on bad roads, but don’t just drive slowly—do everything else slowly too. Give yourself enough room to coast to a stop and ease on the brakes instead of slamming them, and never tailgate. You want plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to make a sudden stop, which doesn’t work too well on slick roads.
When it’s raining, foggy, or snowing, turn on your headlights. If other drivers can’t see your lights this means you’re putting yourself and others in serious danger. You should also avoid distractions like your phone and avoid driving when you’re very tired.
Always clear off all your windows so you have the best possible visibility before hitting the road. Keep track of traffic and weather instead of getting caught unawares in a storm or rush hour traffic. If you come across a flooded road, then turn around and find another way!
Finally, keep up with scheduled maintenance. Properly inflated, even tires, fresh engine oil, and good brakes are the best defense against crashing. Drive safely!