Like it or not, winter is upon us, and with that comes the chance for snowstorms and blizzards in the colder climates. While it’s always preferable to stay at home in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and wait it out, there are a few things to keep in mind if you do need to venture out onto the roads as the flakes fall.
1. Take It Slow
An obvious tip that bears repeating is- even a little bit of the white stuff can make roads slippery and dangerous. It’s best to slow it down a bit to ensure that you make it to your destination safely. If you’re worried about getting there on time, consider leaving a little earlier than usual, just in case.
2. Take Well-Traveled Roads
Of course, it isn’t always possible, but taking highways and highly-trafficked roads are often your best bet, as they’re more likely to be plowed and sanded. This is especially true in the mornings when commuters are heading to work, and at rush hour in the evening as well. Use a traffic app like Waze to see if you can make tour trip a bit easier by avoiding potentially treacherous side roads.
3. Don’t Stop If You Can Help It
Slamming on your brakes on snowy, icy roads? Entirely different story than slamming on your brakes on regular pavement. Wherever and whenever you can, try and keep a slow speed instead, so you don’t have to stop suddenly and risk the chance of a spin-out or slide. This also means that as you approach a light or stop sign, you should give yourself ample distance to come to a slow and steady stop. Driving authority AAA recommends that you increase your following distance behind the next car from the typical recommendation of three to four seconds to eight to ten seconds in inclement weather.
4. Take Public Transportation Instead
When all else fails, see if any buses or trains might be able to get you to where you need to go more safely. It might take longer and might not be as direct of a route, but you’re always better safe than sorry when it comes to traveling in the snow.