Drivers from all over the world who deal with ice & snow every day offered some fantastic tips for driving in ice and snow during extreme winter weather.
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In a nutshell:
- Clear & scrape headlights and always drive with your lights on
- Use a Windshield Washer De-Icer Additive – it’s better than anti-freeze
- Have your vehicle serviced regularly to reduce strain on the battery.
- Wash & clean your car regularly and properly in winter months too.
- Be on the lookout for deer and other animals – especially at night when headlights only catch the deer’s legs, and when they jump high to get over snowbanks.
- Watch for black ice which is seen as a black sheen on the road due to lack of air bubbles.
- Use lower gears for traction up hills – use the stability/traction control on your vehicle if it has one.
- Keep an emergency kit in your trunk – see what you need here.
- When your traffic light turns green WAIT to be sure all cars traveling in the opposite direction were able to stop for their red light before proceeding.
- Don’t spin your tires – shovel away excess snow and put kitty litter, sand or salt on the surface around your tires.
- Even if your vehicle is built for off-roading, drive carefully in winter weather.
- Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the rubber door seals to prevent them from freezing in extreme temperatures.
- If you skid, take your foot off the accelerator and wait for traction to return – then steer in the direction your tires are facing and accelerate.
- Don’t overtake snow plows – you know the road surface ahead of them will be worse.
- Bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads freeze first so drive with caution.