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10 Safety Tips for Driving on Snow and Ice

When there’s a snowstorm in the near future, it’s best to plan on staying indoors, but some of us indeed have to travel no matter what the road conditions. Here are 10 safety tips you need to know if you must driving in snowy or icing conditions:

  1. 1.Equip Your Car with Snow Tires: To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread. If you live where the roads are regularly covered in snow, invest in snow tires to help you through those treacherous conditions.
  2. 2.Replace Wiper Blades Regularly: Make sure you can see if wintery conditions. Replace your wiper blades at least once every year. Make sure you always have enough windshield wiper fluid and carry around an extra bottle in your trunk just in case.
  3. 3.Run the AC: This may seem odd, but in order to remove condensation and frost from the interior of windows, your AC needs to be on. You can however have the temperature set on hot. Your car may do this automatically when you turn on your defroster.
  4. 4.Check Your Lights: Make sure your lights are working properly and that none are blown out. Clear them of any snow so other cars can see you and you can see them.
  5. 5.Watch for Black Ice: If the roads look slick, that means they probably are. Black ice, or glare ice is the nearly transparent ice that often looks like harmless puddle is overlooked entirely. Test the traction with a smooth brake application or turn of the wheel.
  6. 6.Remember Where Icy Roads Usually Are: If you’re familiar with your commute, try and remember where the icier parts of the road tend to be. Take it slow and easy on these parts of the road.
  7. 7.Don’t Steer Too Much If Sliding: If you find your front tires losing grip, do not steer too much! It may be our first reaction, but it could send you right into a ditch. Your car is going to dart whichever way the wheels are pointed so steer as little as possible and do not slam on the brakes.
  8. 8.Avoid Rear-Tire Slides: Choose a car with electric stability control. Fortunately, ESC will be mandatory on all 2012 models. Next, make sure your rear tires have at least as much tread as your from tires.
  9. 9.Avoid Using Cruise Control: You need to be in control of your vehicle in poor weather conditions and you may need to slow down suddenly.
  10. 10.Be Cautious on Bridges and Overpasses: Reduce your speed significantly and take it slow! There is usually a build up of ice on bridges and overpasses and the wind is usually not in your favor!

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Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.