Retaining Control In Icy Conditions


We’ve all seen the glorification of driving in incredibly icy conditions with the release of shows such as “Ice Road Truckers”. These men and women take big rigs onto some of the most dangerous highways in the world, giving the rest of us an example of “how bad it can get” when driving in harrowing conditions. But, through this glorification, let’s be sure that we aren’t losing sight of one simple fact: while shows such as this are for our entertainment, the dangers involved in driving on icy roads are VERY real.

Recently, we created a segment directed at driving safety. And, while we touched on cold conditions briefly, we felt that such a dangerous scenario should be covered with a bit more detail. Whether you’re on the road with a large truck or with the family in a sedan or mini-van, understanding the dangers of icy road conditions can go a long way toward ensuring that you are properly prepared.

Preparation

As the saying goes, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Having the right tires, equipment, and KNOWLEDGE can be the difference between sliding your way from point A to point B and having a slow, albeit incredibly safe trip.

Whether you live in a “winter wonderland” or will simply be traveling through one, remember that you should always make room in your vehicle for the right equipment. Before the winter sets in, always be sure that you have a list of safety precautions, and carry an “Emergency Bag” in the trunk of your vehicle. This will not only prevent you from any winter driving dangers, but potentially save your life should you break down in a remote area. Consider including safety flares, blankets, fresh water, tire chains, a first aid kit, and protein bars.

Check out these resources to be prepared for driving during the next winter weather advisory:

http://autos.ca.msn.com/specials/winter-driving-guide/article.aspx?cp-documentid=19432760

http://weather.about.com/od/winterweather/ht/autosafetykits.htm

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/wintervehiclesafetytips.aspx

Understanding How Snow Impacts Driving Style

When snow and ice really set in, the way you drive should change. Even the simplest driving actions, like braking, can be quite different on an icy highway. Obviously, slowing down is a huge preventative measure, but it goes much deeper than that! If you live through such storms on a yearly basis, then you can likely just read these tips. However, if it is something that you may encounter “here and there”, we recommend making a list and keeping it in the glove compartment. This will allow you to pull over and remind yourself of some cold weather driving tips.

Be sure to take some of these winter driving tips to heart:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/car-insurance/oakland/prweb8183993.htm

http://voices.yahoo.com/7-tips-driving-dangerous-winter-weather-7699786.html?cat=27

http://grandrapids.legalexaminer.com/automobile-accidents/the-dangers-of-winter-driving.aspx?googleid=253792

Winter driving can be a dangerous prospect if you aren’t sure what to expect. There are several measures that one can take to ensure that handling, braking, and steering are all facilitated properly on an icy road. We always recommend preparing for the worst, which is why we included the information about a winter weather driving kit.

By reviewing this information, you should be well-prepared for the worst that a winter storm throws at you. Wherever you head this winter, remember to bundle up and respect the forming ice on local streets and highways!

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By reviewing this information, you should be well-prepared for the worst that a winter storm throws at you. Wherever you head this winter, remember to bundle up and respect the forming ice on local streets and highways!


Written by: Go-Parts | Sean Kennedy | Email |