01 Jan Winter road warriors: Slow down and be aware to stay safe this year
Winter driving can sometimes feel more like skating than rolling. Though it comes with its own set of considerations, driving on snow and ice can be safe, if not exactly as fun as taking a winding summer road! Heed these tips to make your wintry commute a little easier and a whole lot safer.
Slow down! This is probably the biggest single thing you can do to avoid trouble on the road. Keep in mind that everything takes longer in winter conditions — that means everything, including accelerating, decelerating and turning. A failure to catch traction at a key moment is all it takes to cause a crash, so cut your speed to give your tires a chance to catch.
Be aware. This ties in well with reducing your speed. Distracted driving is never a good thing, but winter roads make it even more important to keep your eyes on the road at all times. Look farther down the road than you normally would. When things are as unpredictable as a winter’s road, seeing things in advance gives you time to react if and when things go sideways.
Pick your moment. Trust your gut! If the weather looks too nasty, stay where you are to ride things out. Plan your travel schedule to accommodate the weather. After all, sometimes the best way to avoid a crash is to keep off the roads altogether!