This Winter has been the craziest we have seen in a long time. There is snow in states where there usually isn’t, and even more snow in places that there usually is. No matter how much or how little snow there is on the ground, it is extremely important to take extreme caution when driving anywhere in the snow.
Here’s a list of 10 tips for driving in inclement weather conditions.
1. Avoid using cruise control in rain or snow
While in cruise control, it is easy to lose control of your vehicle. If you begin hydroplaning while in cruise control, your vehicle will still try to keep its original speed, becoming very dangerous.
2. Figure out the best way to recover from a skid for your vehicle
How your vehicle responds to a skid depends on whether or not it has rear wheel, front wheel or four wheel drive. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), learn how to use it correctly. If you do hit a skid or begin hydroplaning, do not hit the brakes. This will make it worse. Stay calm and re-adjust yourself as well as possible.
3. Clear snow and ice from your vehicle
Even if you are in a rush it is important to clean all windows, mirrors, lights and the roof. Wait for any foggy windows to clear up so your visibility isn’t poor while driving.
4. Keep your cell phone fully charged
It is important to have your phone charged before you leave to drive. If you get in an accident where not a lot of cars pass, you will want to have your phone handy to call for help.