The snow has started to fall. I am not a fan. I hate the cold weather. I am also not a fan of driving in bad weather. It isn’t so much the fact that I have to drive. It is driving around other people who don’t know how to handle driving in it. They often make mistakes that cause others to have accidents.
Tips for driving when the roads are icy from Three Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge :
It should go without saying. If you do not have to go out, don’t. Leave the road to the professionals, like police and snow plows. Stay home. Enjoy a day at home with the family.
If you have to go out, go out during the day. Wait as long as possible, but still give yourself extra time. As the day goes on, usually the temperatures go up, and may melt some of the ice. The same is true at night. The road tends to refreeze and the ice forms again.
Try to stay on main roads. When the plows first start going out, they always attack the main roads first. Sometime, especially when the roads are bad, it is all they can do to keep those roads open and clear. IN those cases, they might not even get to the back roads for a day or so.
Don’t be too hard on the brake or the gas. Go easy and steady. If you hit ice, don’t panic. Just stay slow and steady. If you start to slide, turn into the slide. A good way to remember it, look where you want to go.
Remember that you need extra room between cars and you need extra time to get where you need to go.