It’s that time of year when roads can be icy and slick, so be careful if you have to drive and make sure your car is in good condition to handle the hazardous conditions. In and Out Tires can help with that!
Rain is forecast for today and temperatures are expected to drop overnight. That can make for slick and icy roads. It’s best to stay off of icy roads, but, if you’re going out to Santa’s Wonderland or somewhere else, be sure to be careful. You don’t want to become a road statistic.
“Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for travelers. Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter,” according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA urges drivers to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.”
AAA offers these tips for driving on ice or in snow:
- Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
- Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Hazardous road conditions aren’t the only problem drivers encounter in cold, icy, or rainy weather. Cold weather can cause problems for your car whether it’s failure to start, faulty brakes, frozen wipers, low tire pressure, or other tire issues. If your car malfunctions – or doesn’t function at all – then it’s time to have a trusted Millsboro auto care expert like the certified auto care technicians at In and Out Tires repair it.
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