Safety tips for cold weather cruising
Winter weather adds a whole new element to driving on the roads. Since you’re newer behind the wheel, here’s some things to consider so you don’t slip and slide along the streets.
Every time you head to your car, take a quick look at your tires to ensure that they have sufficient tread and are properly inflated. Overtime, the tread on your tires wear out, leaving you vulnerable to slip and slide on ice and snow. Ask your dad how to check the tread on your tires and do so regularly.
Cold air can cause the pressure in tires to drop, so if you see that one tire is lower than the rest, take your car to the nearest gas station and increase the tire pressure to the proper weight. While you’re at the station, check all your tires and fill up your tank with gas.
Cold Weather Car Kit
Even though it’s cumbersome, it’s important to have an emergency kit in your car in case you’re in an accident when the weather is frightening. Pack your kit under the driver’s seat, so it’s always with you and easy to access. Your kit should include the following items: working flashlight, blanket, reflectors or flares, a copy of a standard police accident report, ice scraper, window-washing fluid, booster cables, snacks, small shovel, and first aid kit. Also consider hiding an extra phone charger in your emergency kit, because you never know when you might be in trouble with a low phone battery.
When you’re driving on ice and snow, every little maneuver takes extra precaution. Leave extra space when turning in case your car slides. Slow down early when you’re coming to a stop so you don’t run into something or someone. When you’re accelerating, step on the gas slowly so you can maintain traction. When there’s ice and snow on the roads, the posted speed limit is too fast and not suitable for such driving conditions. Because of these precautions, it’s advisable to leave early for everything and take extra time driving to your destination.