One of the most dangerous driving hazards is ice. No matter how experienced a driver you may be, icy conditions on the road can take any driver by surprise. The staff here at Paul Obaugh Ford has put together this list of winter driving tips to help keep you safe on icy roads.
Our first tip is to pay attention to the weather. Although it might seem like a no brainer, sometimes icy conditions can be hard to detect, especially if you’re driving at night. If the weather channel says it’s icy, make sure to take extra precautions.
According to Icy Road Safety, slowing down is one of the best things you can do. Simply decreasing your speed to below 45 mph can greatly reduce the likelihood of a fatal car crash. It increases your reaction time and decreases damage in an accident.
Tip number three: go easy on braking. Although this may seem contradictory to a safety tip, sometimes braking can trigger a slide. ABS (antilock brakes) can only do so much to slow you down, so sometimes letting off the gas and coasting is your best option.
Last but not least, wear a seatbelt! If the worst should happen, seat belts can save your life. A large number of fatal car crashes occur when someone isn’t wearing a seat belt. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, but wearing a seat belt is important for safety.