Staying safe on the road is always important for you, your family who may be with you and also for other drivers. Many winters offer driving challenges such as slippery roads and other instances that can cause accidents. Here are a few tips to help you win the challenge of the wintery roads.
It is important to get enough sleep to avoid driving while fatigued. You need the extra focus during the winter months to keep an eye out for hazards like black ice (which can be tricky to spot) or other cars that may lose control. Getting plenty of sleep will also sharpen your reflexes so you can react fast enough to prevent an accident.
Make sure you have enough gas
Consider having at least a half full of tank of gas before driving out during the winter. If you get stranded , it can be your life saver to keep you warm until help arrives.
Keep your eyes on the road
Don’t let distractions divert your attention from diving. Just keep your focus on the road. Phones are a frequent diversion. Don’t text and drive! If your kids noise or actions are sidetracking you from driving, it is best to pull over, deal with the situation then move on.
There is a reason why wearing your seat belt (and having your passengers wear them too) is urged so often. Aside from the law which requires us to wear them when driving, seat belts work most of the time. They save lives! Winter months get cold and roads can (1) stay wet longer due to the lack of heat or (2) become icy so having a seat belt on while driving on ice can be a lifesaver.
Properly inflated tires
This is another recommendation that most people know all know but is easily forgotten. We get gas but sometimes we don’t think about our tires.
You should know the information about your tires, such as its size and especially your max PSI (how much air should be in your tires). Having a tire gage will help you know what psi is in your tires. When your tires are inflated properly, they perform better, and it helps them last longer.