- Lower your speed. While it is always a good idea to drive the speed limit, you drive slowly on cold and wet roads. Stopping short can cause spinouts.
- With that in mind, you will want to decelerate slower than usual. Additionally, a car does not stop as quickly on icy roads.
- Give the car ahead of you more space than usual. If it comes to a sudden stop or swerves, you want enough space to slowly come to a stop.
- In cold climates, be wary on bridges and overpasses. These are the first to freeze since they do not have the warmth of the earth to melt precipitation.
- Stay calm. Panicking during skidding causes drivers to stomp on the break and jerk the wheel, making the motion worse.
- If your car becomes immobilized, stay with your car as it provides shelter.
- If you live in an area with a lot of snow, consider snow tires. Studies show that snow tires reduced winter accidents by 5%.
- Have an emergency kit in your car. This should include a snow scraper for your windshield, a shovel, and some sand or kitty litter to provide traction. If you do become stuck you will need blankets, a flashlight, some food and water, as well as a florescent tag to make your car visible.
With weather patterns becoming more erratic, roads can change in an instant. In order to stay safe, here are a few tips on how to survive whatever watery-mix is on the streets.