Winter is here, and that means you have to be more careful when driving! Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle stays on the road where it belongs!
You’re most likely to lose control when stepping on the brakes or the gas! Use a softer touch than usual when speeding up or slowing down in the snow. If you hit a patch of ice, you won’t lose as much control and will have more time to correct yourself!
In the summer, it can be fun to attack upward slopes quickly, or using gravity to speed up going down them. Try to maintain a steady pace on hills instead of speeding up. However, you also should never stop on a hill in the winter because it’s harder for oncoming traffic to see you in time, and, if you’re going up hill, you might not be able to get enough momentum to finish the climb again!
Winter travel takes more time. Don’t assume you can get to where you’re going in the same amount of time as you would in the summer. Budget more time into your travel plans and avoid a rush.
Having a nearly empty tank of gas is a huge stress on long trips – when combined with winter weather, that’s a recipe for disaster. Give yourself one less thing to worry about and refill often. Even better, this gives you a chance to stretch your legs and calm your nerves!
Winter tires make the difference between a safe winter trek and car in a ditch. Don’t hit the highways with anything less than functional winter tires.
The urge is there to forge ahead and make time, but driving in the winter means not pushing yourself past when it’s safe to drive. You need to be awake and alert to drive in the snow, especially after dark – staying on the road for too long is hazardous for your health!
If you’ve been on the road for too long this January, then consider pulling in to the Ramada Cornwall. We’ll make sure you’re well rested so that you can get to where you’re going safely!