Winter roads create unique safety issues that you need to know how to navigate.
As the snow and ice return to Minnesota, the roads are getting much more dangerous. While there is no way to completely avoid driving this season, there are steps that you should be taking to help stay safe on the roads. Keep these winter driving safety tips in mind to help you navigate the roads.
- Before you hit the roads, make sure there is no snow covering your car. Snow that is left on your roof or hood can easily blow onto your windshield while you are driving which can put you in a very dangerous situation.
- Never use cruise control on snow or ice covered roads. You do not have as much control over your vehicle when using cruise control.
- Keep in mind that four-wheel drive will help to get your car moving faster, but it will not help you stop your vehicle any faster.
- Make sure you are familiar with the braking system in your vehicle. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, you should apply constant, firm pressure to stop. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, you should pump your brakes to avoid losing traction when trying to slow down or stop.
- Increase your following distance to help compensate for the reduced amount of traction you have on winter roads.
- If you get stuck in the snow straighten out your wheel and accelerate slowly. Adding cat litter or sand under your drive wheels will help to prevent your tires from spinning.
- If you tires lose traction, steer and look in the direction you want your car to go. If your tires start to spin, slightly ease off your accelerator and then resume your previous speed.