The North Eastern United States is no stranger to snow. We know it’s coming, we just don’t always know when. Which is why we here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors are big advocates of preparing ourselves, and our customers, for the winter driving season.
Snow driving can be treacherous - there is a lot to account for. Hills in particular can be daunting. Below, we have compiled some of our favorite tips for driving on snow and ice.
Winter Driving Tips
Hey there speed racer, we know you’ve got places to be, but hitting the accelerator isn’t the way to go if you plan on arriving safely. Instead, give yourself extra time and slow down. Accelerating, stopping and turning all take longer on snow-covered roads.
If you have anti-lock brakes, then braking isn’t the issue for you that it is for those of us without ABS. With ABS, you really just need to apply a steady, firm pressure to the brake pedal. Without ABS, you may need to practice pumping as stomping on the pedal is only likely to lock your brakes up and further exacerbate a slide.
Look out for black ice
Black ice is tricky. It isn’t really black, it is actually clear…very clear. So clear and smooth in fact, that many drivers often mistake roads as merely being wet, not icy. Be on the lookout for shaded areas and use caution on bridges and underpasses. Remember, if the road sparkles, it is icy.
King of the hills
NEVER stop on a hill. Hitting the gas is only going to spin you out, and not help you up. Harken back to high school physics and remember Newton’s First Law: A body in motion stays in motion. If you want to make it up a hill, you need to be moving first, so make sure you get a head start.
Once you make it up the hill, proceed down with caution - that means reduce your speed.
Slip and slide
An unintentional slide can be a nightmare. Remain calm and turn into the slide, do not brake. There is often the temptation to jerk the wheel opposite the direction of the slide, but this is one of the greatest causes of rollover accidents.
Still not feeling safe? Stay home. If you aren’t comfortable driving in winter weather then don’t venture out unless you have to.
Stay safe this winter with a JJB Auto Insurance policy!
Source – Winter Driving Tips
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