News, Tips and Advice to Keep You Safe on the Road
Drivers across New York State know exactly how important it is to drive safely on the roads in the winter time, especially when there are snowstorms and inclement weather. There are a number of things you can do to prepare for winter and to increase your chance of avoiding collisions. Ice and snow-covered roads don’t have to beat you this winter.
#1 Be prepared for emergencies
Emergency supplies come in handy in case you become stranded on the road. The different emergency supplies you should keep in your car at all times include:
- Jumper cables
- Well-stocked first aid kit
- Matches and candles
- Small shovel
- Phone charger
- Non-perishable snacks
- Some cash
Having these supplies in your vehicle gives you peace of mind that you will be able to deal with different types of emergencies, regardless of whether you actually end up needing these supplies or not.
#2 Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road
- When you are driving in inclement weather, it’s best to keep a greater distance from other cars on the road; this gives you some more time to react in case you need to hit the brakes in a hurry etc.
- Drive at slower speeds as the ice and snow can make the road very treacherous.
- Give pedestrians some additional time and room
Following these basic pointers can significantly help reduce the chances of you becoming involved in collisions.
#3 Maintain your vehicle
It’s crucial that you maintain your vehicle well, especially during the winter and the things to focus on are:
- Ensure all fluids are topped
- Windshield wipers should be in a good condition
- Consider investing in snow tires
- Clear all the snow and frost from your vehicle as sliding snow and ice poses a danger to other people and vehicles on the road
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#4 Never drive if you are feeling sleepy or tired
It’s always best to ensure that you aren’t sleepy or exhausted when you get behind the wheel. Most drives tend to take longer than normal in inclement weather and you need to take your time and be patient. If you find yourself feeling drowsy or excessively tired, pull over for a bit as tiredness affect your attention and responses and result in accidents.
#5 Don’t drive in stormy weather unless you really need to
When the weather is bad, it’s best not to drive at all. Even when you take all the necessary precautions and follow safety measures, snowstorms can affect the best of drivers. And sometimes the smartest way to avoid a collision is to just stay indoors.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to maintain safety while driving during the winter months and that should be your topmost priority at all times. If, however, you are involved in an accident and need any body work done on your vehicle, feel free to contact us with your requirement.