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.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. It’s a good idea to always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car, especially in winter months where you could get stranded. It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
Driving safely on icy roads
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Keep your lights and windshield clean.
Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
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 from AAA. Check out the full article on the AAA website.
8 Tips for driving in the snow:
Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
My kids are looking forward to the upcoming blizzard for many reasons, one of which is snow ice cream. I only make it when we have a lot of snow, because you want to collect fresh clean snow and it needs to be deep enough that you are just getting snow. Ask your host parents before you try it. I don’t want anyone freaking out. 🙂
Here are two recipes I use to make it, depending on what kind of milk I have on hand.
Snow Ice Cream Recipe #1
8 cups of fresh clean snow
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine in a large bowl and enjoy.
Snow Ice Cream Recipe #2
8 cups of fresh clean snow 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (or regular milk) 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine milk, sugar and vanilla extract until sugar is dissolved. Then combine with snow. Enjoy.
Here is a montage created with all the photos my wonderful au pairs sent me. I left my camera in our suite at the hotel when we visited ICE, so I didn’t have any pictures. My au pairs helped me out and sent me a whole lot of nice pictures to post here. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor. Below are some photos taken by au pairs in our cluster at the hotel and ICE! Please take a look at the photos and vote for your favorite. Voting is super easy, just click on your favorite photo, select it’s number from the list and submit.
Vote early, vote often and send your friends this link to get more votes. Winner will be announced on December 21.