Winter Storm Serves as Reminder of Safe Driving Habits

Author: Auger Law | January 29th, 2016

winter stormWith one of the biggest winter storms in history having happened over the weekend, there is no time like the present to remind people that anything can be thrown at us by Mother Nature. States across the nation have been impacted by strange weather this year, prompting weather officials to remind us that no one is immune. Driving in a blizzard is only slightly different than driving in a typical snowstorm, but it never hurts to remind ourselves of these tips.

  1. Listen to Local Officials

Many localities initiate various types of snow bans. These can range from restrictions to parking on certain streets to not being permitted to drive altogether. Pay close attention to any weather issuances released by your local government and follow them.

  1. Clear the Car

So many of us get in a hurry to leave our homes and only clear the windshield. Some take a bit more time and clear the windows. In reality, we need to be sure to clear our entire cars from roof to bumpers. When people fail to completely clear their cars, they render their vehicles virtually invisible to other drivers during a major snowstorm or blizzard.

  1. Watch for Snow Plows

A driver last weekend was killed after a collision with a snow plow. Give these vehicles plenty of room to maneuver. Keep a fair amount of distance between your vehicle and a plow as you travel down the road.

  1. Drive According to the Conditions

We have all been traveling down the highway, barely doing the speed limit, when another vehicle flies past us. If it happens to you, don’t worry about it. Resist the temptation to speed up. Driver in a manner that is safe for the road conditions. Pushing your limits and that of the conditions will put you more at risk of a collision.

  1. Drive in Tracks

If you are fortunate, there will already have been a car that passed down the same road. Drive in the tracks that car has left behind.

If you find yourself stranded in a blizzard, dial emergency services as soon as possible. While you are waiting for help, make sure to keep the snow cleared from your car and your exhaust pipe. This will both make your car more visible and keep fumes from backing into your car.

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