The first few flakes of snow have come and gone in the metro region. Before “snowmageddon” hits roadways and hampers your commute, it’s time to review a few winter driving preparation tips.
Your successful commute actually begins in your own driveway. We’ve all been behind those drivers whose idea of cleaning off their cars leaves a bit to be desired. They’ve only scraped a small portion of the windshield and front windows causing other drivers to wonder what they can really see. Others have only cleaned the snow off portions of their car and hit the road sending all that remaining snow toward following drivers, potentially impairing their vision. Give those drivers a wide berth and give yourself sufficient time to clear the snow and ice from your vehicle before you hit the road.
In addition to cleaning off your vehicle, one of the other big things you can do to ensure a successful winter commute is to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Drivers who have allotted sufficient time are less likely to speed in weather conditions that call for restraint. They are also less likely to tailgate other vehicles on the roadways or exhibit other poor driving behaviors that can cause themselves or others to crash.
Since we’re facing down the heart of winter, now’s also the time to stock your car with key winter travel survival supplies.
- Be sure to include plenty of blankets, and some hand warmers, to help keep you warm should you become stranded in snow.
- A small shovel is a must to help you dig out if need be. It’s also a good idea to keep something like sand or kitty litter that will help improve traction should you need it to get out of a tight spot.
- If your vehicle has a visible antenna, place a colorful item on top or wrap some colorful yarn around the tip to help your vehicle stand out in the snow and ice. It’s also a good idea to keep flares and reflective triangles on hand just in case.
- Keep some nonperishable, easy-to-eat snacks in your car, in addition to your first aid and regular vehicle emergency kits.
An accident is just that, but preparation can go a long way toward ensuring your safety and that of your passengers if the unthinkable happens this winter.
Spirit West Motor Carriage Auto Body Repair wishes you safe travels this winter, but remember that we’re here as your auto body repair specialist if you find yourself in need of collision repair. We’ve got you covered and will get your vehicle back to pre-collision condition.