Driving in wintery weather conditions comes with additional risks. Decreased visibility, cold temperatures and slippery roads create lots of dangers. While it is almost impossible to avoid dealing with snow and ice on the roads in Illinois, there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of accidents and injuries.
1. Clean off your vehicle every time you drive
Snowy weather creates decreased visibility. Take the time to clean accumulated snow and ice off of all of your windows and mirrors every time you drive, even for short trips, to give yourself the clearest view possible in all directions. Brush snow off your headlights and tail lights to make your vehicle visible to others. Brush snow off of the hood of your car to prevent it from flying up into your windshield when you drive.
2. Keep up with maintenance
Extreme temperatures can affect battery performance. Test your battery at the start of each winter season and before any long road trips in cold weather. Check your tire pressure and tire treads regularly. Keep your vehicle in top condition during cold weather.
3. Take it slow
Speeding on slick roads is dangerous and can lead to catastrophe when you lose control. Slamming on your brakes on snow or ice can turn any vehicle into a heavy sliding projectile. Avoid driving anywhere in a hurry and plan for trips to take longer than usual. Drive slower when you feel that you are not getting proper traction and do not tailgate other cars. Keep extra blankets, hats and gloves in your vehicle during the winter months. Having these items available will help to keep you warm while waiting for help if you ever become stranded in your vehicle in frigid temperatures.