A wintery mix of snow, sleet and ice on the roads can create dangerous driving conditions.
AAA encourages drivers to know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies, and cautions drivers to be prepared while driving in adverse weather.
Here are some tops to staying safe on the road:
1. Fuel up
Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the winter, this can freeze and create problems starting your car. Having enough gas in the tank will also ensure you don’t run out gas while driving in inclement weather.
2. Reduce your speed
This may seem like a no-brainer, but even if your vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive, other cars on the road may not have this feature. Be prepared to slow down for vehicles that may be struggling on the poor road conditions.
With reduced traction on the road, apply the gas slowly and avoid moving in a hurry. Slow down at a stoplight and increase your following distance.
3. Check your tires
Have your tires rotated and the air pressure checked when the tires are still cold. Air expands when it’s hot, which means they will lose a couple pounds of air pressure when the temperatures are really cold.
You also improve your gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better when you maintain the recommended tire pressure.
4. Prepare for long trips
Check the weather along your route and leave earlier - or delay your trip - if bad weather is expected. If you find yourself stuck in the snow or stranded, stay with your vehicle while you wait for assistance. At night, keep your dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
Moore Tires, www.mooretires.com