We all have places to go and people to see!
Winter means snow for most of us in cold climates so it is important to be prepared before heading out on a longer road trip. Here are a few winter driving tips that can help keep you safe on the road:
- Drive at a speed that is safe for road conditions
- Have proper winter rated tires and carry chains if necessary
- Leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you
- When braking, brake gently to avoid skidding. If you feel your wheels start to lock up, ease your pressure off of the brake
- Snow can reduce visibility. Drive with your headlights and taillights on, even in the daytime
- Bridges, overpasses, and back roads can be especially icy. Use extra caution when traveling on these
- Don’t use cruise control when driving on snowy or icy roads
- If you feel uncomfortable driving pull over when it is safe to do so, that way you aren’t endangering yourself or others on the road
- Have a winter safety kit on hand with flares, tea lights, matches, blankets, flashlight, shovel, kitty litter, snacks and whatever else will make you feel safe if you’re trapped in your car or broken down
- If you get stuck avoid spinning your tires as this only make the road under your tires more slippery use kitty litter or sand and pour it into the path of your wheels. Use a light touch on the gas and gently ease your car out of the tracks
Always check the road report before leaving home and ensure you have a full tank of gas. Winter conditions can change by the minute just like any other season so be prepared and don’t venture out if it is unsafe to do so.
Real Momma and Land Rover want to wish you safe travels this holiday season.