With winter weather in full swing you might encounter some icy roads in the near future, if you have not already. Let’s take a look at how you can keep yourself, your family and your vehicle safe when the roads become hazardous due to extreme weather.
Preparation is key
The first step in making sure you are safe on the roads this winter, is to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for icy roads. U.S. News & World Report, an online news magazine, suggests all vehicle owners follow several best practices to ensure their cars are ready for wintry conditions. This includes maintaining the proper inflation of tires at all times, as well as having them rotated and aligned regularly. Snow tires are also an option that should certainly be considered for the winter.
According to the news provider, brakes and brake pads should be regularly checked throughout the winter. Increasing the frequency of your visits to your car service center is also a smart idea this season, as you’ll want to know that all of the mechanical aspects of your vehicle are in optimal working order in case you encounter ice and heavy snow. Furthermore, if you are planning on driving through mountains, remember that the weather can change quickly at higher elevations; consider keeping tire chains in your trunk for serious situations.
Know how to handle ice
Now that you have your car prepared, you need to understand how to operate your vehicle on an icy road. Edmunds, an automotive publication, suggests being gentle with the brakes when you encounter ice. Slamming on the brakes can quickly lead to a complete loss of control. If you do begin to lose control, the website argues that you first take your foot off of the gas but not attempt to brake and allow the car to slow down. Read More