As the weather grows steadily chillier in New Jersey, winter will be here soon. That means taking more precautions when driving to prevent potential motor vehicle accidents.
What should you do when driving in cold weather?
It’s important to be prepared when you’re planning on driving in cold winter weather. Motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur and you never know what might happen. You should keep a few supplies in your car just in case an emergency hits. A flashlight, blanket, change of warm clothing, food and water, brush and glass scraper and first aid kit are essential.
Make sure you keep your tires fully inflated. You might want to switch to snow tires in the event of a snowstorm as well. Your car should also be fully stocked with gas and you will want to tote at least a half-tank of fuel with you.
Avoid warming up your car in your garage while the door is closed. This can be deadly due to carbon dioxide.
How can you be safer while driving in snow?
Car accidents often happen when drivers are traveling on snowy, icy roads. If the roads are bad, stay home if possible. If you have no choice but to drive, do so carefully. Keep your speed lower and ease off the gas pedal slowly instead of slamming the brake if your car begins to skid. You should also avoid riding in cruise control on slippery surfaces.
Stay at a safe enough distance behind the vehicle ahead of you. You should give an extra vehicle’s length compared to usual so you can prevent a potential rear-end collision if one of you suddenly stops or slides on snow.
Be careful when traveling up a hill. It might be tempting to apply more pressure on your gas pedal, but this can work against you and cause your vehicle to spin. Once you get to the top of the hill, slow your speed and be equally careful going down.
If you have to drive, be sure to check the weather report ahead of time so you know what to expect. It’s also wise to use an app that informs you of the weather and traffic conditions while traveling in a snowstorm.