The slightest amount of snow and ice on the roads can make for risky driving conditions according to American Automobile Association (AAA) spokeswoman Jenifer Moore. She says it’s important to be prepared.
With dropping temperatures vehicle batteries and tires could be affected, both need to be checked. Motorists are also advised to pack a winter emergency kit. Moore says only 40 percent of Americans carry an emergency roadside kit in the car. Moore says, “At AAA we always encourage you to have an emergency roadside kit that’s stocked with deicer, a shovel, ice scraper, warm blanket, extra gloves, a hat, some snacks and a fully charged cell phone.”
According to Moore for safety reasons it’s important to keep a full tank of gas and be sure to clear ice and snow off the car before driving.
Driving in hazardous weather conditions can be a challenge for the most experienced driver. The Central and Southeastern Kentucky’s AAA spokeswoman says while driving in snow and ice allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you, refrain from using cruise control on slippery roads and avoid unnecessary lane changes.
“Try to stay in the lane your driving in as long as possible because we know when the plows are plowing they might miss that patch right where their lane lines are. If you do need to get over, look before you get over and then ease in to the next lane, signaling to let the other drivers know you’ll be getting over” says Moore.
Moore says minimize the need to brake on ice. She adds it’s better to brake early on clear pavement approaching a stop sign, traffic light, or other area where ice often forms.And in the event of a skid, ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.