Cold weather can bring a new set of driving challenges, especially if you are not from a climate where you have experience with these conditions. Driving in the snow and ice can be a challenge even for experienced drivers. If you don’t have to go out in bad weather, stay home. If you do have to go out, here are some tips. More information can be found on the AAA website.
Top 10 Winter Driving Tips
- Bulky coats and snowsuits should not be worn underneath the harness (straps) of a car seat. Check out information here and discuss with your host parents.
- Keep cold-weather supplies in your car, such as a blanket, a flashlight, window ice scraper, snacks and water.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
- Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Avoid sudden moves, accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Don’t stop going up a hill.
- Increase the following distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Know your brakes. Test our how they perform on slippery surfaces in a safe place where there are not other cars parked close to you.
- Leave early to give yourself extra time and drive slowly.
Even better… If you don’t have to go out driving in snow and ice, stay home.
This short video has some great information.
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