Now that winter is officially in full swing, it is important to remember some winter driving safety tips. This article from Ford offers a list of driving safety Do’s and Don’ts so you stay safe on the roads this season.
– DO allow a few minutes to brush and scrape your vehicle. Clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you.
– DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.
– DO use winterized windshield wiper fluid to make sure your wiper sprayer doesn’t freeze over or crack.
– DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it– this can crack the windshield.
– DO wash your car regularly to remove salt and dirt.
– DON’T let salt and dirt prematurely age the body of your vehicle by neglecting to wash it.
– DO maintain at least half a tank of gas to prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions.
– DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.
– DO prepare your car for an emergency with an emergency kit.
– DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, which can be used to provide added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.
– DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes.
– DON’T become overconfident in snowy and slippery road conditions and always test road conditions with cautious driving.
– DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.
– DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.
– DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.
– DON’T drink and drive. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.