How to drive safely in winter weather
There’s no way around it—winter is coming. In New Jersey, we can feel the full brute force of winter, which can make things quite hazardous. For any driving that you have to do during the colder months of December, January, and February, it is important that you are aware of how to best navigate the perilous conditions to stay safe. Read ahead for some tips on how to drive safely in winter weather.
Important things to keep in mind while driving in the winter
- Plan ahead. While you may not always tune into The Weather Channel like your father does, you likely have a phone in your pocket with information on the forecast for the next few days. Is a blizzard on the horizon? Will there be sub-zero temps? Also, check to see if there is any construction or other issues happening in the area where you plan to drive.
- If you’re taking an unusual trip, let people know. That way, if you get stranded in a snow storm and don’t arrive to your destination, people will know that something is amiss.
- Make sure your phone has a decent battery charge, and take a charging cable with you or buy a travel charger to keep in your car.
- Keep a paper map in your vehicle in case you get lost and you can’t get a signal on your phone.
- Consider opting for winter tires to better grip the snowy or icy roads.
- Slow down!
- Give yourself more time to get where you need to go. Allow yourself some wiggle room for having to drive slower than usual.
- Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle consisting of items you may need if you get stranded, such as a blanket, energy bars, road flares, gloves, a first-aid kit, kitty litter, and more.
This is also a good time to make sure your vehicle is up to date on the routine maintenance, especially windshield wiper blades, washer fluid, oil, and tires. We can help with all of that!