As winter is on its way, it is time to prepare for falling snow and icy roads. Driving in winter weather can be challenging, even if you have lived in the Midwest your whole life. In fact, you may have even picked up some bad tips over the years so it is important to refresh your mind of winter driving best practices.
It is, of course, possible to drive safely in a snowstorm, but you need to properly prepare. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you hit the road as it gets colder.
1. Equip your car with snow tires
According to Gizmodo, whether you care is front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, one of the best things you can do to drive safely in the snow is getting snow tires. Winter tires are made with special compounds and have unique tread that help you maintain traction in cold conditions.
2. Take the proper equipment with you
You and your car need to be ready to handle snow. Some items you should always have in your vehicle include:
● Ice scraper
● Cat litter
You should always be prepared for the worst in case you get in an accident, your car breaks down or you get stranded. Consider bringing a portable phone charger too in case you need to contact emergency services.
3. Know when to stay home
Even if you follow all the advice about driving in snow and you have driven in it hundreds of times, there are times when you should accept defeat. If there is a massive blizzard, consider staying home. Know the difference between a standard midwestern snowstorm and a behemoth of a blizzard.
These tips will help you prepare for the worst snowstorms that the Midwest has to offer. Start getting everything ready now so you can brave the roads when the snow starts falling.