Winter driving tips from the experts at Drive Smart Georgia

Winter driving tips from the experts at Drive Smart Georgia

Atlanta doesn’t receive a ton of snow or ice, but when it does, highways and backroads can quickly become treacherous. Every winter, people are injured or killed because they are overconfident or unprepared to drive on snowy, icy roads. Even if you are a veteran driver from a northern state, following these safety tips from the experts at Drive Smart Georgia can keep you safe on the road and in control during dangerous conditions.

Slow down and drive with caution
Driving too quickly is the main cause of accidents during the cold winter months. Avoid accelerating too quickly, braking, and unnecessary lane changes. These moves can cause your vehicle to lose traction, resulting in an uncontrollable skid. Be patient and accept the fact that it is going to take longer to arrive at your destination.

Do not tailgate
Be patient and stay well behind the car in front of you until it’s safe to pass. It takes a much longer distance to stop your vehicle due to reduced traction, even with just a light covering of snow or ice on the roadway.

Do not use cruise control
For many drivers, riding with cruise control has become almost second nature. Sure, it prevents you from getting leg fatigue and deters speeding, but driving with it on in wintery conditions can be unsafe. Just don’t use cruise control at all if snow or ice is on the road.

Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter
When the temperature dips to close to freezing, make sure that your car has ample antifreeze, the windshield is clean, and you have plenty of windshield washer fluid. Check that the tires have good tread and are properly inflated. Have your battery tested, to avoid being stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start. Perhaps the most important of all: Make sure your cell phone is charged, so you make a call in case of a roadside emergency.

Pull over or stay home
Remember, there is no shame in making the smart decision to stay home when road conditions are bad. You may be late arriving to your destination, but arriving late is better than not arriving at all. If you can postpone your trip, or if it is non-essential, stay put until road conditions improve.

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