Winter Driving 101: How to Prevent Accidents this Winter

    Tis’ the season for challenging winter driving conditions. This time of year, you need a different and more cautious approach to driving when tackling the snow and ice-covered roads. That’s why we’re here to help remind you of safe practices and precautionary measures to prevent accidents and navigate winter roads with confidence. 

    Safe Driving Practices

    Winter Tires:

    Invest in good quality winter tires for enhanced traction on snow and ice and make sure they’re properly inflated. Birchwood can help you check and install your winter tires to ensure they’re in top shape this season.  

     

    Read more: Winter Tire Do’s and Don’ts 

    Reduce Speed:

     Slow down and adjust your speed to match road conditions. It takes longer to stop on slippery roads, so slow down a little earlier when you approach red lights or pass vehicles.

    Increase Following Distance:

    Maintain a safe following distance to allow for extra braking distance in case of sudden stops. 

    Clear Snow and Ice:

    Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle, including windows, lights, and the roof. This helps keep your blind spots visible and prevents obstructing other drivers on the road.

    Avoid Cruise Control:

    In winter conditions, it’s safer to have full control over acceleration and deceleration in case of emergency stops or changes in road conditions.

    Beware of Black Ice:

    Be especially cautious on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas where black ice can form. 

    Before you Start Driving

    Winter Vehicle Check:

    Ensure your vehicle is winter-ready by checking the battery, brakes, fluid levels, and heating system. Birchwood is here to help you ensure your vehicle and winter tires are in good shape before you start driving this winter. 

     

    Read more: 10 Ways to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter 

    Emergency Kit:

    Carry a winter emergency kit, including blankets, a parka, mittens, flashlight, shovel, extra batteries, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit in case of unexpected breakdowns or getting stuck. 

    Check Weather Reports:

    Stay informed about weather conditions and plan your trips accordingly. Avoid unnecessary travel in severe weather conditions to avoid getting stuck in bad weather.

    Plan Your Route:

    Stick to main roads that are more likely to be plowed and salted, and inform someone about your travel plans in case you get stuck! 

    Winter driving requires awareness and preparation. You can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and stay safe this winter by using these helpful tips! Remember to prioritize safety, stay informed, and take the necessary steps to navigate winter roads securely. 

     

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