With the Boo holiday behind us, that can only mean one thing. The brr holidays are next. Quickly following Halloween there are some noticeable trends in your neighborhoods. The orange and purple lights come down along with the pumpkins, witches and zombies while being replaced with snowflakes, blinking icicle lights and or course our favorite jolly, ol’ Saint Nick.
With the change of decorations also comes the change in weather which are joined by a whole new set of issues. You guessed it; cold air, snow, sleet, and ice. Being that this is Georgia and the snow fall is few and far between this might seem like a somewhat irrelevant post, however when that ice does come falling there are a few things to make your winter driving a little safer.
Here is a small list of precautions to take when preparing for the quickly approaching winter season.
Check Your Tires
Have you ever driven after a light dusting and struggled with gripping the road? If you answered yes then you may need to glance at your tires. Pull into a gas station and check your tire pressure. If too low, then you simply drop in a quarter, fill up and be on your way. However, if while checking your pressure you realize you are lacking in the tread department, then your tires may be too worn and it is time buy new tires. If you really would like take optimal winter tire safety precautions then we suggest you invest in winter tires. These offer advanced tread patterns that grip snow and ice more easily.
What typically happens when we get behind schedule or are running late for work? We push that pedal a little further and increase that rate of speed by just a touch. The issue here is that when those speeds go up in the winter, the stopping distance lowers. Our suggestion is simple. Leave a little earlier than normal. Set that alarm clock 15 minutes ahead and beat the morning rush.
Buy a Brush
We are not referring to a hair brush. Instead we mean a car brush or even a small broom and most importantly an ice scraper. We know you’ve seen it. Car flying down expressway covered in snow with only a tiny clearing in the corner of their front window. They drive 75mph while peaking out of a 5 inch, foggy gap. Save yourself from being this person and brush off your car before starting your trek.
No one wants to get rear-ended. Moreover, no one wants to rear-end someone else. It doesn’t feel good. Not for your body, car, or bank account. Fact is, if you rear-end someone you more than likely will be responsible for the bill. Therefore, think ahead. Pay attention to the road and weather. If there is snow and ice, be sure to leave at least an 8 second gap between you and the car in front. You can do this by picking a point on the road, waiting for the car in front of you to pass that point and then begin counting. If you reach that same point before 8 seconds, then slow down.
Most of these tips likely have been told you before, but they are also some of the most common driving errors during the winter months. Follow these tips and show a little extra caution this winter.