It’s that time of year again when we need to be gearing up for winter weather. Last year, I left my truck locked in four wheel drive for nearly four months. And, although I felt that I was invincible, driving in the snow, I realized that I had a false sense of safety and decided that I was getting a little too cocky. Although four-wheel drive helps tremendously in giving you the added traction to move forward through snowy roads, that doesn’t mean you can come to a quick stop. Unfortunately, four-wheel and all-wheel drive will not give you the traction you need to brake.

Although four-wheel drive and/or snow tires are excellent to have, being prepared for the road conditions is key. The most dangerous day for road conditions is the day after the first snowstorm. Driver’s typically haven’t prepared and also likely have forgotten their technique from last year. Having the proper amount of tread on your tires is one major thing on your checklist. If your tread does not have at least a 6/32” (4.8mm) deep tread, you can’t just comb the tread over the bald spots. Check your antifreeze levels and battery water and connections. Make sure your defrosters work.

It’s probably not a bad idea to also carry a winter car kit. A bag of kitty litter for traction, should you get stuck in the snow. Pack a snow shovel, snow scraper, extra gloves and a blanket. You never know if you may get stuck in the elements. Even me, with my awesome four-wheel drive feature, can find myself in for the ride of my life.

Be safe this holiday season.
Until next week…

Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist

Four-Wheel Drive – Comedy Defensive Driving