Dealing with adverse weather conditions while driving can be stressful and dangerous. Severe weather is often responsible for traffic accidents, many of which result in the need to have your vehicle towed. You can minimize your risk of being involved in an automobile accident if you try to follow these winter driving tips.
Before You Get on the Road
Even before you get on the road, you can take steps to make sure that you are as safe as possible. Here are a few winter driving tips to follow:
- Tired drivers don’t react as quickly as well rested ones, so try and get a good night’s sleep each night, particularly if you are going to be driving in bad weather the next day.
- Keep your tires fully inflated.
- Avoid having your gas line freeze up by keeping the tank at least half full.
- Avoid mixing types of tires.
- Put your seatbelt on before you turn on the ignition.
Once You Get on the Road
Keeping yourself and your passengers safe on Langley roads is as simple as following these winter driving tips:
- Avoid using cruise control on wet or icy roads.
- Try to park in a dry area. If that isn’t possible, try to avoid using your parking brake in rainy, snowy, icy, or severely cold weather.
- Keep a safe driving distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Be aware of the drivers around you and exercise caution if you notice unsafe driving.
What to Do If It Is Snowing
There are a lot of snow storms in our Community of Aldergrove. If you are travelling in Aldergrove during a snowstorm, try to follow these winter driving tips:
- Avoid braking quickly on snowy or icy roads.
- Accelerate slowly to avoid skidding or losing traction.
- Begin to slow down for stoplights earlier than you normally would to give yourself enough braking time.
- Drive more slowly that you would under normal weather conditions.
- When you need to brake, use the ball of your foot to apply pressure and keep the heel of your foot on the floor.
- Avoid stopping whenever possible. Slow down enough to avoid making full stops.
- Avoid going up hills whenever possible. Try not to stop midway as you might not be able to get up enough steam to keep going.
- Wait until the storm is over if at all possible before driving.
When the Weather or Other Drivers Get the Best of You
Unfortunately, even when you put forth your best efforts, an auto accident might still occur. Bad weather, distracted drivers, and faulty equipment can create a likely scenario for an unfortunate accident.
While waiting for a towing company to come rescue your vehicle, follow these tips:
- Stay inside your vehicle to help you keep warm.
- Put a colourful piece of clothing on the antenna or at the top of a rolled-up window to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Avoid running the engine, particularly if the exhaust pipe is clogged with snow.
We hope you find these Winter Driving Tips Useful. Sometimes things do get pretty hairy and you may one day need a Tow. Feel free to give us a call and we will send a driver out to pick you and your vehicle up!