Rules for Winter Driving and Safety
With the winter months upon us, for those of us living in states that actually receive snow, it is important to remember how to drive during inclement weather. It seems like when the first storms of the winter hit, there is always an increase in the amount of accidents on the roadways. It appears as though a great deal of people forget how to operate their vehicles after not driving in snow for seven or eight months. There are a few simple things we can remember to do in an attempt to prevent putting ourselves in any compromising situations while driving in wintry weather.
1. Stay in: Only go out if you have to. The less amount of time you spend on the roads, the less danger you will be in.
2. Respect the road crews: The men out driving plow-trucks and salting the roads are putting themselves in danger by going out in the bad weather. I realize this is their job, and we are paying taxes for it. However, be respectful and appreciative of the job they are doing. It is not the easiest job, and they are doing their best to clear the roads. The fewer amount of drivers there are on the roads, the easier it will be for them to clean the snow off. Give plow trucks space on the roads because it is not always easy for them to see your car.
3. Slow down: You have to remember that you cannot drive as fast as normally. Give yourself more time to reach your destination. There is no need to be in a hurry and put yourself and other drivers in any more danger. We live in a fast-paced society, but sometimes we just need to relax.
4. 4X4: Having a truck, SUV, or anything that is four-wheel-drive does not mean that you can drive like a maniac in the snow. For some reason, drivers of these vehicles seem to become overly confident while driving in snow. Four-wheel-drive will not help you brake in the snow. You may have an advantage accelerating and a little extra maneuverability, but once you are already out of control, your four-wheel-drive will not help you regain that control or stop.
All of the items listed are pretty much common sense, but sometimes we need a little refresher. I want everyone to feel safe on the roads and reduce the risk of an accident. Think about these few small tips next time you drive in the snow. Be more aware of your driving in bad weather. My goal is for everyone to make it to their destination safely.