The combination of heavy traffic and inclement weather can make winter driving conditions unsafe for many Michigan drivers. Icy and snowy road conditions can be tricky to navigate.
While some accidents are unavoidable, there are several things you can do to prepare your vehicle for winter driving. Follow these winter driving tips to stay safe on the roads.
Monitor the forecast and adjust plans accordingly
Minimize the risk of driving in poor visibility conditions by checking the forecast before getting on the road. If snowy or icy conditions are expected, do your best to stay off the road until conditions clear up a bit.
Handle driving in snowy conditions with extreme caution
You may not be able to avoid driving in snowy conditions. You can, however, reduce the risk of car accidents by:
- Allowing yourself extra time to get to your destination
- Driving slower than usual and keeping a safe distance between you and other cars
- Gently braking to avoid skidding or swerving
- Making sure that commercial trucks can see you at all times
Inspect your vehicle to ensure it will perform safely
Consider scheduling your vehicle for a maintenance check-up by a professional. If you’re unable to go the professional route, you can inspect your vehicle yourself. Start by checking the tire pressure and making sure your gas tank is at least half full. Check fluid levels such as the oil, wiper fluid and antifreeze. Examine the wiper blades and replace them if necessary.
Build an emergency kit
Keep a roadside emergency kit in your car. Include items like jumper cables, a flashlight, extra windshield washer fluid and a shovel. It’s also a good idea to keep an ice scraper in your glove box.
The best way to stay safe when driving in the wintertime is to prepare beforehand. By doing your part, you can increase your safety no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.