Snow is on the ground, snow banks cover the sidewalks, and the roads are often icy even when it’s not snowing. At this time of year, you need to change your driving habits in order to stay safe. Here are just a few reminders on important MA winter driving tips.
Beware of Tire Pressure
In MA, you’ve probably heard of the Ideal Gas Law far too many times over the last year. That law affects more than footballs! It applies to car tires too. The cold weather causes tires to deflate, so you will need to set your tires at a different pressure. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations. Be aware that you also don’t want to over-inflate tires as they will grip the road poorly.
Keep Fluid Filled
You use up a lot more windshield washer fluid in this weather. As you drive, bits of dirt, snow, etc. are kicked up by other vehicles onto your windshield. You may be constantly using your washer fluid to maintain visibility. Check and fill your washer fluid tank regularly.
Fill Up on Gas
It seems to happen every snow storm that someone gets stranded on the highway. This is not usually caused by the vehicle not being able to get through the snow but from drivers running out of gas after being stuck in traffic for hours. Play it safe and keep your gas tank full, especially when there’s an impending storm.
Leave Extra Room
In cold weather, your brakes simply don’t work as quickly as in dry conditions. Leave a little extra room between you and the car in front of you. This gives you more braking space in case of a sudden stop. Also, always be aware of where cars are around you. In some cases, you may need to shift into another lane to avoid a collision, but you can only do that safely if you already know that there’s space to do so.
Take It Slow
In such a fast paced world, it may be hard to take it slow. During the winter, even a little reduction in speed can make a big difference. This is especially true during inclement weather. Take it slow and you’ll increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination.
About These MA Winter Driving Tips
We’ve only had one snow storm this winter, so there’s probably more to come. Remember these MA winter driving tips as you brave the roads this winter. These tips are provided by Eagle Trust Insurance. Contact us for a free quote!