How to Safely Drive in Bad Conditions

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news as of late, you’re probably familiar with the ice storm that’s completely ravaged the south and parts of the midwest. Homes are without power, ice is everywhere, and people are having to navigate terrible road conditions to get to work.

It’s never fun to have to drive on the roads in poor conditions, but at times it is necessary. So, if you have to drive in bad weather, here are some tips you should definitely follow in order to stay safe.

Try to Stay at Home

Before we get into the tips, it’s important to remember to only leave your home if it’s absolutely necessary. Though you may feel you can handle bad road conditions, please don’t leave if you don’t have to. Cancel hair appointments, nail appointments, and plan to socialize with your friends on a different day. It’s just not worth your safety. 

Clear Off Your Car

Make sure to get off all the ice and snow from your car windows. That includes even the passenger side windows and side mirrors. You want to make sure you can see clearly from every angle at all times. Don’t just haphazardly clear your windows, be diligent about it!

Navigate Your Route

If you know exactly where you’re going and a few different ways to get there, make sure to pick the route that requires the least amount of hills.

Cars often lose control either when they’re having to make it up a hill covered in snow and ice or coming down a hill covered in snow and ice. Pick the route that also requires the least amount of turning, if possible. Essentially, pick the simplest route, even if it means you need to drive a little longer. 

Slow and Steady

Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go and drive very slowly. Don’t be intimidated by cars around you, just take it nice and steady. Should you accidentally lose control of your car or start to skid, you’ll be able to regain control much faster because of your slow speed. No speed is too slow when driving in snow and ice!

Pack a Bag

Should you encounter car problems or skid off the road, it’s important you have supplies in your car to keep you safe and warm. Keep a bag in your car full of winter essentials, such as blankets, extra jackets, socks, gloves, and non-perishable foods. You may never have to use it, but it’s good to know it’s always there just in case.