Winter is here and that means that so are bad driving conditions. As the cold temperatures set in and there ice forms, driving can be difficult to downright hazardous. Those snowflakes might be gorgeous to watch but as the snow freezes on the road, it creates a different driving scenario. Even heavy trucks can easy start to slip and end up going off the road.
Tips for driving when the roads are icy:
The most practical tip for driving in icy weather, is don’t drive. If you can avoid driving in icy weather, don’t drive. The less people on the road, the safer it is. Salt trucks and plows can clear the roads quicker. There are less accidents and emergency services can help people quicker. If you have to go out, try to go out during the daytime. The temperatures usually drop at night, making the roads even more of a hazard. During the day, as roads warm up some, driving can be safer and it is slightly easier to see bad spots.
Stick to the main roads when you can. They are more likely to have been plowed and salted. You can call the township office or check the department of transportation website, in some counties, to see when the roads are salted, track local trucks and roads to avoid.
Don’t forget the roads are icy. Just because the road has been fine up to that point, that doesn’t mean you will not hit an icy spot or lose control. Many times you do not know you have hit an icy spot until it is too late.
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