Tips for Driving in Snowy Weather
It appears “Old Man Winter” could be giving us one more snow storm this season. and as we all know driving in Minnesota during the winter can be a hassle at any time, but no fear! We have some valuable tips to help get you where you need to be safer and easier!
- Avoid driving when you are fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. You don’t want a blowout!
- Never mix radial tires with other types of tires.
- Keeps your gas tank at least half full to avoid a gas line freeze-up.
- If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy, or snowy weather.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on snowy or icy roads.
- Use your seatbelt every time you get into your vehicle.
- When driving in snowy weather in particular, accelerate and decelerate slowly. It takes longer to slow down and speed up while driving on slick surfaces.
- Lastly, drive slowly. Allow yourself a few extra minutes to get where you are going. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads; accelerating, stopping, turning, etc. Give yourself time to properly execute even the most basic driving rituals.