Today, we had our first snow day of the year! The roads had too much ice and snow on them to get the kids to school safely. When you do try to venture out onto the icy, cold, snowy roads, here are a few tips for driving in the snow and ice:
1. Go slow! I usually try to stay around or under the speed limit when the road conditions are slippery.
2. Go around curves and corners slowly.
3. Try not to change lanes often. Going straight is your best bet when there is ice and snow on the roads.
4. Go over bridges slowly and try not to change lanes on bridges. Bridges are the first to ice up. The roads may be okay, but once you get onto bridges, they can be a problem.
5. Stay further back from the car in front of you. Give yourself some extra stopping room just in case your car does slide.
6. If you are approaching a yellow or red light, starting slowing down sooner than you usually do and try to roll to a stop as you get closer to the traffic light.
7. Watch out for black ice. It could be hiding under snow on the road or it could just look like an area of the road that is wet or moist. Once you get on black ice, your best bet is to slow down and steer into the direction your car is going in hopes that you will catch some pavement under your tire and get some grip on the road again.
8. Always keep an ice scraper, a blanket, snacks and a bottle of water in your car in case you get stranded.
9. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you get in your car on a slippery day. If you get stranded you will need help and a dead phone would be useless.
10. Listen to or watch the news before heading out onto the slippery streets. The news anchors will be able to tell you what areas to avoid and how dangerous the roads may be at that time. There are also a couple great apps you can download to your smartphone that can alert you to bad weather like The Weather Channel app.
Be safe on the road!