When should you drive during a snowstorm?
We are preparing for a massive snowstorm in the northeast! Driving during a blizzard or heavy snowstorm is dangerous for many reasons — black ice, low visibility, and carbon monoxide leaks being just a few. Sometimes it’s necessary although not recommended that you leave your home in treacherous weather conditions . It can be necessary Though! If you are a 1st responder, have a medical emergency or if your house isn’t safe and you have to seek safety. If you absolutely have to drive during a blizzard, follow these safety tips.
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What can you do to prepare for snow driving?
There are a few things you can do to make sure you are safe if you have to go out in a snowstorm. You should replenish antifreeze fluids; you don’t want to have things freeze up on you. Make sure your tires are filled to the right pressure and that they have enough tread. Make sure you have clean and undamaged wiper blades. Have a full tank of gas. Make sure that all your fluids are up to capacity. Always keep an emergency kit in the car complete with jumper cables and grit
Keep your distance from other vehicles and drive slowly. Avoid lane changes and sharp turns if you can and be on alert. High winds can create low visibility when it’s snowing, and driving slow will give you more time to react to any sudden changes on the road.
Watch Out for Black Ice
Ice on the road can cause accidents and skidding, especially the hard-to-see black ice, so keeping your distance will give you more reaction time to steer away and avoid any accidents. Driving on bridges can be particularly dangerous if there is black ice, so be extra cautious if maneuvering over bridges. If you start to skid, you can right your vehicle by steering in the direction you’re skidding, not away from it.
Check Your Exhaust Pipes
Clogged exhaust pipes can cause very dangerous carbon monoxide to leak into your car. Take a few moments to make sure your exhaust pipes are clear before getting into your vehicle.
Please don’t drive unless it is an emergency and even then call on professionals. STAY HOME! Stay tuned to this blog spot for more info and as always, DRIVE SAFE!