Winter Driving

5 Oct

We all know that here in Wyoming the road get dangerous during the winter months. There are many driving tips that can help a driver get to their destinations safely. The best advice is to reschedule driving plans and stay home during harsh winter storms, but  that is not going to happen with us Wyoming folks. It seems no matter the weather outside, everyone is still out and about.

Make sure vehicle is prepared

Before attempting a snowy drive, it is important to make sure that the vehicle is prepared for whatever could happen. Having good tires on a vehicle is important. The more tread, the better traction a vehicle will get on the ice. With as cold as it gets around here, having a good battery in your vehicle makes it start easier when there is freezing temperatures. It is possible to get stuck, and who knows how long of wait it could be for help. Blankets, gloves, shovel, phone charger, and maybe a snack are good items to place in a vehicle before a long drive .

Find route information

Many websites are available to find information on road conditions, visibility problems, or general weather information. When planning a long drive during bad weather, it is a good idea to find information about how the drive will be so you can be prepared. Wyoming department of transportation has a great website with road travel information. Cameras are even included on this website so drivers can actually see the live conditions. Finding out if a snowplow has plowed the roads is also good information to find out.  Remember to let someone know where you are going and expected time of arrival  just in case something happens.

Driving tips

To drive safely on the snow and ice, it is best to drive slow for the road condition. Turning cruise control off also helps the vehicle be more stabilized if it were to hit a patch of ice. The worst thing to do if  the vehicle starts to lose traction on ice is to slam on the break. If a vehicle starts to spin, let off the gas and if necessary break gently. Slamming on the break will make the vehicle lose total control. Bridges and underpasses on the interstate tend to be more icy than the rest of the road so it is important to be cautious when coming upon them. For more information check out one of the links provided or simply search winter driving tips.

http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow/d1983162k1901186o1/winter-driving

http://www.dot.state.wy.us/wydot/travel

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html

http://www.weather.com/

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