We have just survived what we can only hope is the final snow storm of the winter. Spring is weeks away and everyone is more than ready for the roads to thaw out, but we may not be past the snow yet. Winter driving can be hazardous and many people prefer to opt out of dealing with icy roads and low visibility. If you decide to brave the storm and hit the road, you’ll need to drive a little differently than normal. With a few tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the freshly fallen snow and feel safe at the same time.
Pre-Drive Check Up
Before you head out on the snowy roads, make sure your truck is up to the task. Ending up stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard is about as unpleasant as it could get, so make sure your battery, belts, and cooling system are up to snuff. Make sure your car starts with no troubles and that your windshield wipers and fluid are in the proper condition. It is very important to make sure all of your lights are working and bright. Brake lights and signals are some of your best tools for communication with other drives. Improper maintenance will sabotage even the best snow driver.
If you do find yourself stranded somewhere, you need to make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies. Make sure you have a snow scraper that is in good condition, jumper cables for your battery, and a flashlight. It is also a good idea to keep blankets, a jug of water, and some warm winter gear on hand. To make sure you are extra prepared, include some non-perishable snacks, sand for traction, and a shovel in your trunk.
Start with the basics
Before you head out on the roads, give yourself your best shot at success. Clear as much snow as possible from your truck, paying special attention to your back windshield, lights, and mirrors. Making sure that you can see other drivers and that they can see you is important. Your biggest hazard won’t be the snow, it will be other drivers.
You will be most successful if you pay attention to your truck and rely on your knowledge of how it works. Brakes can give you the most trouble on icy road ways. Make sure that you brake early and give yourself enough room to stop if you lose traction.
Speed limits are posted with dry roadways in mind. Don’t try to meet or exceed them in the snow. At slower speeds, your car will perform better. It is so much better to be safe rather than sorry.
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