Battling snow, ice and other extreme weather conditions in a vehicle can be difficult and dangerous. If you can’t stay home when the weather is bad, it’s crucial to follow these tips to ensure that you arrive at your destination unscathed.
Snow traction can generally be achieved with a tire tread of at least 6/32-inch deep. Performance “summer” tires usually have little to no grip when driving in the snow, making them a safety risk. In addition to proper tire traction, your vehicle should have its windshield wiper blades replaced before the start of the winter season. Put a water-shedding application on the outside of all windows and mirrors, and ensure that the windshield washer unit is filled with anti-icing fluid.
Check the lights on your vehicle to ensure that they are in proper working order. Headlights and taillights should be clear of snow. When driving, give yourself plenty of time to stop, as ice and snow can cause skidding. Be on the lookout for “black ice” which is nearly transparent. It may look harmless, but can cause you to slide off the road.
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