Winter driving safety tips
Winter is almost here. It may still be warm now but that can change in just a few short hours in Georgia. Driving is not something people want to do when there is snow and ice on the roadways, unless it is an emergency. Here are a few simple tips to help keep you safe when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Now is the time to go over these safety tips:
• Only drive when it is necessary.
• Be sure to clean all windows and lights of snow or ice before driving.
• Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have the proper tread on them.
• Have a winter check done on your vehicle to ensure all fluids are at their proper level, wiper blades are good; lights and horn are in working condition.
• Carry an emergency bag with items like flashlight, spare batteries, extra fuses, drinking water, nonperishable food, blanket, cat litter or a bag of sand and small shovel, warning triangles, pen and paper, first aid kit.
• Kits can be purchased or put together to be tailored to its needs.
• Bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways in cold weather; even rain can cause Black ice when the temperature drops.
• Always allow extra time to get where you are going and don’t speed.
• Allow more room between vehicles and be prepared for the unexpected due to decreased visibility.
• Gently apply brakes, applying them to quickly could put you in a skid.
• Check your owner’s manual for what to do in case of a skid; it is different for front and rear wheel drive vehicles.
• Remember, just because you have a four wheel-drive vehicle, it does not mean you can speed on icy roads.
• Plan it advance for the uncertain weather and you will never be left out in the cold again - be prepared.