Snow and Ice – Texas Defensive Driving Online Course
e is ice on the road. “STAY AT HOME”. Not everyone will take this advice seriously and adventure out in to the winter wonderland only to find themselves in a ditch, the auto body shop, or worse, the hospital.
If you absolutely have to leave the confines of your safe and warm home, then heed the following advice:
• If you live an area where winter storms are a normal fact of life, then you should have already winterized your car.
• If you have never heard of the word winterized, then you probably live somewhere south of Austin. Winterize means to prepare your car for the winter.
• Check the anti-freeze level and if its low, filler’ up.
• Properly inflate your tires or change over to snow tires.
• Change the oil in your engine to a thinner weight.
• Check the battery cables for cracks or breaks.
• Check the battery fluid levels. If they are low fill them with distilled water. How old is the battery? If you can’t remember when you had a new one installed, it’s probably time to break out the credit card. Cold kills a battery.
• Keep your windshield wiper fluid filled with an antifreeze solution – not antifreeze per say, but an anti-freeze solution. Vodka usually works!
• Have an emergency kit in your trunk. Items in the kit should include, a flashlight, extra batteries, a can of engine oil, a radio, blankets, washer fluid, kitty litter, extra anti-freeze, flares, and candles, some non-perishable foods. (Candles can raise the temperature in your vehicle by 30 degrees)
The number one TIP for driving safely when it’s snowing or ther
• Remove all ice and snow from the glass surfaces of your car including your headlights and taillights. If you don’t have a ice scrapper, then use cold water (not warm or hot – it will crack the windshield)
• Clear the snow off the hood and the top of the car.
• Turn on your headlights so others can see you.
• Allow yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
• Slow down and give yourself plenty of stopping room. At least three times more than on dry roads.
• Brake gently. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brakes.
• Drive in a low gear to keep traction especially on steep hills
• Turn off cruise control
• Watch for ice on bridges, overpasses and roads with very little traffic. These will be the first to freeze and be the last to thaw.
• Don’t pass snowplows. Why would you? The best place to be would be safely behind a snowplow – but not too close. Remember the following rule?
• Don’t become overconfident just because you’re in a 4×4, 6000-pound tank. They slide and hit guardrails and go over embankments just like a smaller vehicle.
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