Winter is practically here, which means driving conditions are about to become a lot more hazardous. As a result, motorists must adopt safe driving habits, both on and off the road.
Negligent behaviors are dangerous all year long, but they are particularly dangerous when conditions are poor. It usually takes longer to stop in slick conditions, and visibility is often diminished. Fortunately, the following steps can help improve your driving experience.
Change your windshield wipers
Windshield wipers are the first line of defense against snow and ice storms. If they become worn or damaged, they will not effectively clear your windshield, which can greatly diminish your visibility. While you should change your wipers once every six months, take a look at their condition at the beginning of winter. Cracked rubber and other forms of wear signal that it is time for a replacement.
Check your tires
The quality and condition of your tires has a huge impact on your vehicle’s stopping ability. Consider switching to snow tires for improved traction and maneuverability. You should also make sure that your tires are properly inflated. About once per week, check your tire pressure when filling up. If they are low, fill them to the PSI listed on the interior door jamb. And if your tires are consistently underinflated, you probably need replacements.
Do not drive distracted
Distracted driving is dangerous throughout the year, but it is especially hazardous during the winter months. Driving distractions prevent you from stopping in time, which is even more difficult when driving on slick and icy roads. Distractions also reduce your control over the vehicle in harsh weather conditions where visibility is low. Along with avoiding texting and driving, you must also limit other distractions for a safe experience.
Winter weather conditions make driving a lot more challenging. By remaining alert and aware behind the wheel, you can avoid major hazards and ensure a safe driving experience.