Winter has arrived. In the areas of the world that become cold during winter, snow and ice are unavoidable and with them come winter road conditions. When driving in such conditions, it is crucial for you and your car to be prepared accordingly. During this article, we will tell you the top 3 things you should do to prepare yourself for winter road conditions.
1) Adapt Your Driving Style to the Winter Road Conditions
Driving on a dry asphalt road during the summer is easy. Indeed, you can drive following the speed limits without worrying about sliding off the road. Driving in winter, on the other hand, is a completely different story.
In winter, you must deal with ice, snow and slush on a regular basis and you simply cannot drive the same way you do in summer. Longer braking distances and slippery roads are only a few reasons why you must slow down and be more cautious while driving during the cold season. If you do not adapt, you risk to wreck your car or worse, injure yourself or other people in an accident that should not have happened in the first place.
2) Install Great Winter Tires on Your Car
Living gets more and more expensive and as a consumer, you are probably looking to cut into your expenses, which is perfectly fine. However, if there is one thing that you should not cut your expenses for this year is your winter tires.
Indeed, in order to be efficient in keeping you from sliding off the road, winter tires need to be of high quality. Cheaply made ones simply will not be safe enough for a whole winter. In short, you can look for bargains on price, but not on quality.
3) Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Car
Even if you try to to follow tip 1 and tip 2 as much as you can, accidents can still happen. While you will be able to quickly call emergency services most of the time, it is still possible to find yourself in an unfortunate situation in a hard to reach sector or in a sector with no phone reception. In theses cases, you may have to wait a while before being rescued and an emergency kit will help you to make the wait easier.
In order to help you to build your emergency kit, we put together a list you should have in your kit this winter.
- Snow brush
- Adhesion plates
- Bag of sand
- Supply of antifreeze and windshield washer
- Warm clothing such as boots, scarf, hat and mittens
- Water bottles
- Food (nutritious and non-perishable)
- Cotton gloves
- Reflective bib
- Candle and matches
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Warm blanket
- Fire extinguisher
- Booster cables
- Light sticks or flares
- Fluorescent triangular road sign
- Hazard lights
- First aid kit
This concludes our article on the top 3 things you should do to prepare yourself for winter road conditions. By following these 3 tips, you should be able to face every hazardous situation that winter will throw at you in the coming months. Drive safe!