The New Year has just begun, and already winter weather has come our way. Hopefully by this time everyone has their snow boots, shovels and ice scrapers unpacked and ready to go, because we can certainly expect more wet, slippery conditions before the season’s out! At JFC, we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year, and remind you to prepare for travel in icy, snowy weather, so that you can get from point A to point B safely.
Sometimes the best way to deal with inclement weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions is to just stay home! Even if you’re prepared with a snow-ready vehicle and the patience to drive cautiously, that doesn’t mean that everyone else is. If you absolutely must leave your house before the storm has passed, here are some tips for safe travel:
Adequate tires are crucial to your ability to get to and fro in inclement weather. While you probably don’t need to invest in winter tires or tire chains, this is not the time to drive on worn down tires, or try to squeeze more miles out of tires that should probably be replaced. Wipers, likewise, should be in good condition going into the season. When visibility is low, dealing with a streaky windshield will make you wish you’d taken care of them sooner! It’s also never a bad idea to get a routine maintenance check-up for other aspects of your car, such as the oil, brakes, heater/defroster, and lights. It’s easy enough to do, and gives you piece of mind that regardless of your personal ability to maneuver in icy conditions, at least your vehicle is as prepared as can be!
When you encounter bad weather, the best thing you can do is remain watchful for other drivers, and take things slowly. Increase the usual distance between yourself and other cars, knowing that your braking time will be affected by ice or slush. Most slipping, skidding, or loss of control occurs when drivers take turns too fast, or when applying the brakes. Allowing for more distance between yourself and cars ahead will allow you to avoid braking as often, and keep you more in control. Braking uphill can be especially problematic, as you may have difficulty starting again. To avoid spinning tires, apply pressure gently to the accelerator, rather than trying to gun the car into action.
Don’t forget that at JFC, we take a proactive approach to winter, and are happy to help you form a plan for your property, should the weather turn bad this year. Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about our snow and ice removal services!