When we think fo winter driving hazards, we automatically think about snow and ice. However, those aren’t the only dangers of winter driving. Here are some winter driving hazards to beware. By staying conscious of these, you can better protect yourself against them.
1 – Visibility, or Lack There Of
There are two things in winter that can impair your visibility,… shorter daylight hours and large snow banks. With the days being shorter, it means more of your driving to and from work are in the dark. Naturally, you see less in the dark and should therefore take extra precautions. Add the tall snow banks to that and you can easily miss a lot. With obstructed views around corners and near crosswalks, you must be extra cautious about what you can and cannot.
2 – Tire Issues
Good working tires are critical to safe driving at any time of year. When it gets cold out, tire pressure generally drops. Make sure your tire pressure is within the manufacturer’s suggested range for cold weather. An under-inflated tire is more likely to puncture or even burst. Also, you need good tread. Worn down tires with little tread will struggle to grip the road. This is one of the biggest winter driving hazards.
3 – Frigid Temps
The cold, in general, can be a big hazard. Not only does it strain your car, but it can also strain you. Imagine getting a flat tire or breaking down on the side of the road in sub-freezing temps. It’s much more dangerous to be out there in cold conditions, since other vehicles may slip and slide when trying to avoid you. If you become stranded on the side of a road for any length of time, frostbite should be a concern. Consider keeping an emergency kit in your car for such unlikely but dangerous circumstances.
4 – Running out of Gas
Several years ago, there was a fast moving storm during the afternoon hours. Commuters heading home found themselves stuck in traffic for unusual lengths of time. In fact, many ran out of gas right on the highway, causing even more delays. Prevent this from happening to you by always keeping your tank full,…or at least filling up before an impending snow storm. Running out of gas is a winter driving hazard that we often overlook.
Summary of Winter Driving Hazards
These are just a few examples of winter driving hazards beyond the typical snow and ice. Staying safe while driving at any time of year requires some forethought. Good preparation and extra precautions will help you stay safe and avoid accidents!