Winter Weather Can Make the Road a Tricky Place to Navigate
February 26, 2015
It’s no secret that the weather here in the Northeast has been terrible this winter. Winter weather can make the road a tricky place to navigate. The best way to stay safe is to be informed, prepared, and use the following tips to keep all four wheels on the road and get you to your destination in one piece.
Check the weather reports.
Knowing what to expect before you hit the road can help you mentally prepare for driving in snowy or icy conditions.
Keep spare blankets and coats in your trunk.
While it seems that having a spare tire would be the most important thing during a blowout, staying warm while waiting for roadside assistance (preferably from Rob’s) should be your number 1 priority.
Always use headlights during ANY situation with lowered visibiliy, even during the day.
Easist way to remember this is to automatically turn on your headlihts when you turn on the windshield wipers.
NEVER USE YOUR PHONE or ANY OTHER DEVICE WHILE DRIVING!
Driving while using a phone or similar device is always a bad idea. Even moreso when the weather is bad. If you use a GPS, program your route before you leave. If you absolutely MUST answer a call, wait until you can find a safe place to pull over before answering. It is estimated that cell phone use is the cause of over a quarter of accidents in the U.S. each year.
Let a friend or family member know when you leave home and when you arrive at your destination.
A quick call, or even a text message, before and after driving in a storm can make a huge difference if something unfortunate were to happen.
Don’t be afraid to pull over if you feel uncomfortable behind the wheel.
Pride cometh before the fall. If you are not feeling confident with road conditions and other drivers, it doesn’t do you or other drivers any favors to remain on the road. Do not overestimate your abilities while driving in snowy or icy conditions.