Like it or not, the cold weather is here to stay, and along with it comes the potential for snowy and icy roads. When it roads get hazardous drivers need to pay attention and be proactive to make sure they stay safe. Here are a few winter driving safety tips to help you stay safe this season.
Slow Down, But Not Too Slow
Really, this should go without saying. Any time visibility or traction are the slightest bit compromised you should know to lower your speed. The tricky part of slowing down on a snowy road, however, is that going too slow can cause you to lose traction or get stuck. Heading up a hill without enough umph could mean you don’t get up the hill at all. The key is to recognize the situation and drive responsibly.
Flatten Your Tires
This mind sound strange, but the best thing to do when there’s snow on the ground is to let a few pounds of pressure out of your tires. A lower tire pressure will create more contact between the rubber and the road, creating more traction. Only use this technique if there is snow on the ground and not bare road, as it will cause your tires to wear more quickly.
Check Your Lights
Not being able to see in a snow storm, or even on a snowy road at night, is a major hazard. Add in driver fatigue and you have probably the most dangerous driving situation imaginable. Always check your lights before the snowy season gets here and fix any problem immediately.
Pack Some Cables
An older car battery’s worst enemy is the cold. The average car battery loses 35% of its strength when temperatures hit freezing. If your vehicle, or fleet, isn’t ready for a new battery yet make sure to carry jumper cables or a small portable charging unit.
Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services
G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
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