Common winter road hazards and what you need to know

(NC) Driving in the winter comes with an increase in road hazards and poor driving conditions. While many of us know what to expect for the winter season ahead, there are many driving tips that could help you safely navigate the road and feel better behind the wheel in the face of such risks.

The dreaded ice and snow
Move with ease in snowy or icy weather. Do not accelerate or brake too quickly. This can cause your vehicle to lose traction with the road and create skidding, which can be extremely difficult to control. It is best to navigate the road slowly and use more time to get to your destination.

Lack of visibility
Winter can bring a number of scenarios that decrease your visibility on the road. There is the potential for heavy snowfall; the glare from the sun reflecting off the snow; or slush spraying from other vehicles onto your windshield. Before you start your next trip, ensure you have a pair of sunglasses, your windshield washer fluid is filled, your headlights are working, and your windshield wipers aren’t damaged from freezing.

Although fun to play in, large snowbanks can create a major hazard while driving in the winter. They can result in blind spots and reduced visibility at intersections, which can put drivers at risk. After you come to a complete stop, it’s important to slowly approach the corner until your view of oncoming traffic is no longer blocked.

Low temperatures
Colder temperatures in the winter typically result in a decrease in your tire pressure. Low tire pressure can result in damage to your tire and make your vehicle more difficult to control. Be sure to check your tire pressure frequently. Additionally, low temperatures can also make the rubber in your tires more rigid or brittle. Equip your vehicle with a quality winter tire, such as Michelin X-Ice Snow tires, to ensure long-lasting performance in the winter. They’re designed for maximum mobility for seasons to come.

Snow on other cars
There’s nothing worse than clearing the snow and ice off your vehicle in -15-degree Celsius weather. However, not properly clearing your windshield can result in reduced visibility for others while on the road. Snow blowing off of vehicles can be a distraction or could even cause damage as it flies through the air at high speeds. Keep an eye out for snow-covered vehicles on the roadways and avoid them when possible.

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