Despite warmer than average temperatures across the country in December, it seems winter has finally arrived and with it comes snow, ice, sleet and less-than-ideal driving conditions. Check out these helpful tips from Bridgestone for how to stay safe while driving this winter.
Clean all Snow and Ice from your Car
Before you even sit down in your car, take a quick walk around the car to clear all snow and ice from your windshield and top of your car and check that the exhaust pipe is clear so fumes don’t leak back inside.
Allow More Stopping Distance
According to Bridgestone, “a good rule of thumb is to allow three times the amount of stopping distance in snow or ice than on a dry road.”
Look out for Black Ice
Often disguised as just a puddle, black ice can be hard to spot and catch an unsuspecting driver off guard. It’s always best to assume that if roads appear slick, they are and to drive cautiously.
Know Skid and Slide Recovery Procedures
It’s a good idea to re-familiarize yourself each year with how to recover if you’re skidding or sliding.
- Remove your foot from the pedals. Having your foot on the break or accelerator might make it worse so it’s best to just focus on where you’re steering the vehicle.
- Despite the common advice that you should steer “in the direction of the skid,” in a panic situation, you might not have time to fully think that through. As a general rule of thumb, Bridgestone recommends you “steer gently in the direction you want to go.”
- As you re-gain traction, now is the time to either break or accelerate, depending on the type of skid you are experiencing. In a front-wheel skid, apply gentle pressure on the breaks to re-gain control. In a rear-wheel skid, it’s best to slowly accelerate.
At D.R. Horton, we value your family’s safety outside the home as well. Check back often for more winter-related tips and tricks.