The winter months are approaching quickly. Winter weather in Virginia includes many harsh conditions that create extra hazards on the road.
Whether you are a new driver, new to winter weather driving or have been driving in harsh weather conditions for years, there are a few tips you can follow to keep you safer on the road this winter.
Learn how to navigate on icy roads
Icy roads are unpredictable and often hidden in snowy conditions. Avoid using cruise control so that you remain in control of your vehicle at all times and can respond to slick conditions. Leave extra space between yourself and other cars so that you can react to other vehicles that might slide on the ice. Avoid slamming on your brakes and adjust your speed gradually whenever you encounter slippery conditions.
Practice good car maintenance
Standard windshield wipers may not be strong enough to handle heavy snow. Extreme cold can weaken a car battery. Worn-out tires may be unsafe when driving in snow if they lack proper traction. Before winter weather hits, visit a maintenance professional to ensure that your car is safe and ready to take on harsher conditions.
Keep an emergency kit in your car
Keep a kit in your car in case you ever become stranded in your vehicle. An emergency kit containing a flashlight, food and water is a wise-choice year round. However, during the winter months, you should include blankets, hats, gloves and extra warm layers of clothing in case you must wait for help in extremely cold conditions.
It is good practice to make sure your gas tank is full, and your cell phone is fully charged before driving in winter weather so you can reach out for help if needed.