With winter approaching, here are some tips and tricks to keep you safe in less than ideal driving conditions.
1. Drive extra cautiously. Slowing the rate of acceleration and deceleration can make a loss of control less dangerous. Braking times are decreased in slick driving conditions so giving other vehicles extra distance makes the road safer for everyone. During winter conditions this distance should be at least 6 to 8 seconds behind the car in front of you.
2. Check your tires. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, and that the treads have not worn down. Traction is reduced in wet or icy conditions so having extra grip goes a long way.
3. Keep your tank more than half full. Condensation can form in empty areas of your gas tank. In winter, this water can freeze in the gas lines preventing your car from starting. Keeping your tank at least half full can prevent this freezing.
4. Make sure that you have an emergency kit. Keep it in your vehicle in the event that you have to pull over to the side of the road. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
5. Check weather reports before hitting the road. Knowing what you're up against is half the battle.