The Ice Man Cometh…. Is that a play? And if so….. what is this play about? Death? Or maybe a huge snowman that comes to town and destroys all of Christmas? I am not sure but what I do know is winter is coming to our town. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City drivers do not have enough experience on driving on ice and snow. I have researched some driving tips and will place them here for your viewing pleasure. Hopefully, this will help you and me drive this winter with a little less stress and a bit more patience. Ready? Here we go….
First let's begin with driving long distance during The Holidays. How many of us are traveling to or from places that are known for their Ice and snow? I raised my hand! Here are some tips for the holiday travelers-
- Do not drive fatigued- this shouldn't have to be said, but I understand how stressful the holiday traveling is
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up
- Do not use cruise control while driving in bad weather. This will assure that you will lose control
- Watch weather reports. Delay trips if impending bad weather is certain. Let loved ones know your road route
- Keep inside your vehicle these safety items (cell phones with charger, batteries and flashlight, blankets, water, winter coats etc.)
- If your vehicle becomes disabled- Stay with your vehicle… it provides shelter and allows the emergency vehicle easier access to help
- You usually can keep the dome light on at night because it uses a small amount of battery. This will make it easier for rescuers to find your vehicle.
- Keep,warm if snowbound. Use floor mats, newspapers etc.
- Periodically use the engine and heater to take the chill out of the air. Check the exhaust pipe to make sure it is free of debris so you do not accidentally leak carbon monoxide gas back into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
Now for tips while driving in the snow -
- When accelerating, go slowly to help regain traction.
- Decelerate slowly - it takes longer to stop in snowy conditions.
- Increase your following distance from 3-4 seconds to 8 - 10 seconds.
- Keep rolling as much as possible…. If you can keep rolling until a traffic light changes do it
- Do not power up hills because this will cause your tires to spin. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.
- STAY HOME! If you do not need to get out then stay where you and your family are safe. Have some chili and watch movies!