Summer is coming to a close and with that comes the start of the fall and then the winter season. Last year it snowed more than 79 inches, making it officially the 3rd snowiest winter on record for Chicago. With that much snowfall comes treacherous driving conditions, which caused the increase of car accidents to an all time high. Driving in the snow can be scary for some drivers, especially with icy conditions and limited visibility. Before the snow starts to fall again this winter, let’s take a look at some tips for driving in winter conditions.
Looking out your window at tranquil snow falling in your slippers at home is peaceful and relaxing, if you don’t have to go anywhere. Before you decide to get behind the wheel this winter, remember to drive safely and follow these tips from Travelers.
- Clear all snow and ice off your car. Give your vehicle time to defrost and heat up before getting on the road.
- Always drive with your headlights on when it’s snowing, even during the day time.
- Know how your brakes work. Anti-lock brakes work much differently than cars who don’t have anti-lock. Consult your owner’s manual to find out how your brakes operate and always brake slowly and sooner for planned stops in the snow.
- Keep your windshield washer fluid full, because with all the salt on the roads, visibility can be impaired.
- The speed limits are set for dry roads, so make sure to reduce your speed in a snowstorm.
- Bridges and overpasses tend to icy over quickly, so use caution when driving on them.
- Keep a full tank of gas during the winter months.
- Do not pass snow plows and sand trucks, they have limited visibility.
- Never use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
- Lastly, keep an emergency kit in your car which should include: water, spare tire and jack, ice scraper, snow brush, bag of salt, flashlight, jumper cables, and emergency flairs. Also keep warm clothes and blankets in case you get stranded roadside.
I know we are still in summer mode, but keeping these helpful tips in mind will ensure your safety on the road this winter. When the weather outside is frightful, try to stay home, but if you have to go out drive carefully. Make sure you have accurate auto insurance coverage for your vehicles and for all of your auto insurance needs please contact our experienced agents at Buttrey-Wulff-Mamminga.