There are upwards of 1.5 million car crashes per year associated with poor driving conditions caused by winter weather. The following are five helpful tips which will aid you and yours from being included in that statistic.
|Be patient. If you cannot put off a trip all together, at least wait until the snow plow trucks have made a pass on the surface streets and laid down some salt. Also, leave yourself plenty of extra time for travel.|
|Be prepared! It goes without saying that your vehicle should be up to date maintenance-wise. High usage tools at your disposal will include a sturdy and capable pair of windshield wipers along with a quality snow scraper. Some folks even go the extra mile by keeping a shovel and some kitty litter or sand in their vehicle in the event they get stuck.|
|Properly clear any snow and/or ice off of your vehicle before starting a trip. It would be wise to pay special attention to the areas of your vehicle which could restrict your normal field of vision if blocked. Other tips include…-Make sure your tires are properly inflated.-To improve traction and prevent gas line freezing keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full.|
|When on road decrease your normal driving speed, brake gently when needed, and leave ample space between you and person driving in front of you.|
|Use an extra level of caution while travelling on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads. These are the types of surfaces which generally freeze first and carry the highest risk.|
Of course, it always helps to start or end your trip with a beautifully plowed driveway.
Exscape can help you with that. Call 440.332.4197 to schedule your consultation today!