Winter commuting can be a challenging task, with icy roads and unpredictable weather conditions.
To ensure a safe journey, you should understand the potential mistakes that can turn a routine commute into a hazardous adventure.
Neglecting tire maintenance
Proper tire pressure is important for traction on icy or snowy roads. inflate your tires to the recommended levels to enhance stability and prevent skidding. Regularly check the tread depth for optimal grip, especially during winter weather.
Ignoring weather forecasts
Every year, an average of 5,891,000 motor vehicle accidents occur, but 1,235,000 (21%) of these accidents occur in adverse weather conditions according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. One contributor to these accidents includes failing to stay informed about upcoming weather conditions. Therefore, listen to weather forecasts before hitting the road. Then, plan your route and allocate extra time for your trip.
Not equipping your vehicle for winter
Many commuters assume that their vehicles are ready for winter. However, you need to equip your vehicle with winter necessities, such as snow tires, windshield washer fluid suitable for freezing temperatures, functional antifreeze and an emergency kit.
Speeding on icy roads
Speeding on icy roads increases the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Reduce your speed and increase your following distances to allow for safe braking. Remember, arriving a few minutes late is better than risking an accident due to excessive speed.
Neglecting to clear all windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice can obstruct your view and make it challenging for other drivers to see you. Take the time to thoroughly clear your vehicle before heading out to ensure optimal visibility.
A successful winter commute requires proactive measures and attention to detail. Stay vigilant, prepare and prioritize caution when you navigate winter roads.