As the winter months continue onward, bringing about more snow and ice, many people wonder how they can safely hit the road.
This is a crucial question to ask, as road safety in winter can mean the difference between life and death.
Pick a safe route
The U.S. Department of Transportation discusses ways to stay safe when driving in winter. First, the driver should pick the safest route possible, even if it is a long one. Avoid smaller highways or streets that likely do not get de-icing treatments. Stick to the bigger and well-traveled roads instead, as they will likely have less ice.
Get the right tires
Second, prepare the car for travel on snow or ice. Snow wheels exist, and for those who do not have any on hand, consider purchasing tire chains or other ways of maintaining traction. For lighter cars, consider weighing them down with sandbags to help them keep traction on slick roads.
Third, maintain visibility. Always drive with the headlights on in inclement weather. Not only does this help drivers to see other people and potential obstacles, but it also helps other cars spot them. Related, try not to drive during the night.
Fourth, drive slower than the speed limit. Speed limits refer to ideal weather conditions. Thus, in inclement weather, keep things slow and steady.
However, the easiest and most effective way to stay safe is simply by staying off of the road. If a trip can at all get delayed until weather improves, then a person should do everything in their power to delay it.