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Navigating The Roadways during Winter and Tips on Getting There Safely?

5 Things Every Driver Should Do to Stay Safe on Winter Roads

If you hit a patch of black ice, would you know how to keep your car on the road? If you’re planning on taking a road trip this winter, knowing the answer to that question could help you avoid a dangerous or even deadly accident. That’s not the only winter driving tip that you need to be aware of, however, if you want to keep you and your family safe on the road. No matter where you live or what winter weather you expect, you need the following tips from Body Brilliant Detailing in order to be safe:

Tip #1 - Avoid Being Distracted by Your Phone!

Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. That statement is true during winter weather and any other time of year. Many drivers tend to get distracted by their phones while driving in the winter, and this can lead to deadly consequences.

Still, your phone can also be a valuable asset for keeping winter road trips and commutes safer. So how can you strike a balance between safety and utility? Start by installing a hands-free kit so that you can keep your hands on the wheel and stay focused. If you must answer your phone, always pull off the highway to a rest stop or gas station.

Tip #2 - Pay Attention To Your Local Weather!

If you have weather apps on your smartphone, you should consider using them before you even think about getting on the road during the winter months. Checking these apps for inclement weather can keep you from putting yourself and your passengers in dangerous winter driving conditions, including snow, ice, and wind.

Most weather apps will also allow you to set notifications for severe weather warnings, but you can also sign up for severe storm warnings via various state and national resources. Text warnings can be extremely helpful if you will be traveling through areas where data coverage may be spotty, and these warnings can be especially important for areas prone to tornadoes and sudden severe storms during the winter.

Tip #3 - Brush Up On Your Winter Driving Skills!

When your road trip plans will take you to other states and locations, you may need to prepare yourself for road conditions you are not used to. Knowing how to react to winter road conditions can actually be helpful for both seasoned and inexperienced winter drivers, so make sure you review some important defensive driving tips before you take those winter vacations.

If you plan on driving through areas prone to winter storms, that may mean knowing how to safely drive on ice. That can be an oxymoron when storms are severe or if black ice is present, and you should avoid driving in these extreme conditions. If you do find yourself behind the wheel when roads are icy, just remember to take it slow and steady to keep your trip safe.

Tip #4 - Employ Stress Management Techniques!

Driving in icy or snowy conditions can be one of the most frazzling experiences. Again, it’s best to avoid driving during severe weather events, but sometimes this can’t be helped. In addition to taking it slow, be sure to use stress relief techniques to help lower your heart rate and stay calm. Just like you do at work when faced with a major stressor, turn to deep breathing. Acknowledge the stress, and stop worrying about the what ifs. Simply focus on the road and drive slowly.

It can be important to translate these practices into your home as well. Maintaining a stress-free living environment means that you won’t get into your car to start your day already out of sorts from something going on at home.

Tip #5 - Pack Your Winter Emergency Car Kit!

If you use all of the tips and safety steps mentioned above, along with keeping your vehicle properly maintained for winter, you will hopefully be able to avoid emergencies on the road. However, even the most skilled, experienced and prepared drivers can still find themselves stranded on the side of the road during the winter, or any other season for that matter. Which is why you should also keep a well-stocked emergency supply kit in your vehicle at all times.

Having essentials like water, snacks, jumper cables, and a first aid kit can come in handy throughout the year, but you should add some extra layers of clothing if you plan on traveling during the colder months. You may also want to bring along a fully charged portable charger for your phone, in case you get stuck or stranded with a dead car battery.

The Winter Can Be Enjoyable But Also Dangerous!

The winter months can be filled with so many dangers for drivers. Understanding these risks can help you better prepare for them, which can help prevent dangerous situations on the road.

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