The bone chilling winter weather is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to brush up on your winter weather driving. Driving in snow-covered or icy roads is unlike driving on any other terrain. Whether you’re a long-time veteran of the roads or a new kid on the block, we here at Wantagh Mazda have some winter weather driving tips to keep you out of harm’s way.
- Keep Your Distance. When driving on unplowed or snow-covered roads, it’s best to keep at least seven car lengths from the car in front of you. Road conditions are ever-changing in winter, and you don’t know how other drivers will react to a given situation. Give yourself plenty of time to brake by keeping your distance.
- Brake Early. If you’re keeping your distance, braking early shouldn’t cause any problems. If you’re tailgating, you could be in for some trouble. By braking early, you allow yourself and, more importantly, your car more time to come to a stop. Roads tend to be slick in winter so braking early is necessary to avoid an accident.
- Keep Emergency Supplies. You never know when you’ll end up on the side of the road waiting for help. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep emergency supplies, like extra clothes, blankets, a flashlight and batteries, and jumper cables handy.