Thanks to global warming and drastic climatic shifts, winters are expected to get more extreme in the United States with high intensity snow storms and havocking hail storms. Now, we can’t just hold global warming accountable for the chaos, humans are equally responsible. Though many people have already gone green by adopting sustainability practices, mother earth will still take some to heal.
So, while the weather is still harsh, it’s better to be aware of some preventive measures to survive on those frozen icy roads.
According to a report by The Federal Highway Administration, almost 17 percent of all road accidents occur during the winters. The report further stated that snowy pavements result in deaths of nearly 1,300 people in the United States every year. Looking at these statistics, we’ve rounded up some tips for beginners to stay safe when driving during winter season.
Watch Your Speed
Over speeding leads to deadly accidents in any case; however, you need to be extra careful with your speed while driving during winter season. Because of snow, roads lose their friction, which is why driving at a slow speed is crucial to your own safety. If the snow is knee deep on a particular road, it’s better to avoid it. If you must take it, make sure you drive on fresh snow and not on the trails left behind by other vehicles. Even if the road appears clean, drive, accelerate, and use the brakes slower than you would normally do.
Change Your Batteries
Besides preventing your front and rear windshield from getting frosted, the battery also helps you keep your coffee warm, and your car nice and comfy. If you just got a new battery—a month or two back—have it inspected to see if all the wirings is in good shape and the battery is charged enough to help you sustain the winter season.
Get Winter Tires Installed
People who live in areas that do not receive heavy rainfall may not relate to this. Winter tires are designed specifically to provide higher grip on slippery roads—specifically, slopes. Just make sure you take these tires off when the weather begins to get warmer. This is because these tires consist of special soft rubber compounds that are excellent on slippery roads, but can get damaged quickly on dry surfaces.
At Jacob’s Driving and Traffic School, we offer an extensive range of driving lessons, as well as defensive driving courses. To learn more about our driving classes in Glendale, Arizona, get in touch with us!