Winter is back with a vengeance as shown by our temperatures last week and the forecast coming up. As usual everyone got excited and helped Kroger and Publix turn a profit in January by buying out the bread and milk.
But man shall not live on bread alone. Sometimes he has to travel even when Old Man Winter comes for a visit. Are you prepared for the next snow or ice storm?
Check out these Winter Driving Tips to be ready.
Drive slowly when the roads are even beginning to ice. Of course driving slowly will probably be forced upon you by the rest of the drivers around you but as a precaution you should too. Even if you were born in Jersey and think driving on ice is about as normal as an episode of the Brady Bunch remember that everyone else is about as cautious as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. If it does actually start snowing heavily (it has happened at least twice) many people put on their hazards to help the drivers behind them see the cars ahead of them. Don't laugh at them, it is a good idea especially for us drivers that wear bifocals thicker than Mr. Magoo.
Never slam on the brakes. Do you remember the Dukes of Hazard and when the General Lee would do donuts? While that may look fun on tv, being on the inside is quite another experience. In fact, the force can cause you to skid right into oncoming traffic or the curb. It is better to pump the brakes if you need to. Remember rule #1 to drive slower and you will less reason to slam on the brakes to begin with.
Be prepared with fresh wipers, good working brakes and fresh tires. We say fresh tires, because having a good thick tread when the weather is less than phenomenal is helpful not only to you and your family but also to those around you on the roads.
Stay warm this winter and be safe on the road!