The surprise snowstorm this past Saturday wreaked havoc in our area. There were cars, buses and trucks stuck or skidded off the road on route 6 and many other roads. Route 118 was paralyzed from Baldwin Place to beyond Granite Springs. I was on route 118 with my truck going to the aid of customer stuck in the storm. I witnessed so many cars slipping and sliding, that I feel compelled to give some tips on driving in winter storm.
- You must have good tires. I saw firsthand many cars with less than adequate tires. This can cause loss of traction and leading to getting stuck in the snow. Consider winter tires if you must drive in snow.
- Slow down and leave room to stop. If your car begins to slip and slide in the snow, having enough room will allow you to react and adjust.
- Shift to a lower gear. This will help with traction. Consult your owner’s manual for specifics.
- If you must drive, plan your route. Avoid hills and infrequently traveled roads.
- Accelerate slowing, avoid spinning the tires. Slow and steady is best.
- The moment you feel the car is not managing well in the snow, is the time to turn around and go back home or to a safer area.
- Keep your lights on, wipers on, and in defrost mode
- Reread number 1!
In my next blog I will give you some tips on what to do if you get stuck in snow.