Winter is upon us and that means driving in less than ideal conditions, including ice, snow, and darkness. Managing the roads and highways in winter weather, even in the best of circumstances, can be difficult. The good news is that motorists can take steps to prepare for winter driving and to help themselves in the event that a tire blows out or they end up stuck in a snow bank. While the best solution is always to drive carefully and remain alert behind the wheel, we offer the following 10 ways in which people can get ready for winter driving. Be careful out there!
(And if you live in a place without snow or ice, then count your blessings and get out of here!)
10. An Ice Scraper and/or Shovel
Winter is the time of year when most accidents occur and drivers get stuck. And it doesn’t take long in a blizzard or heavy snow fall for a car on the side of a road to get buried and coated in ice and snow. For these reasons, it is always advisable to have an ice scraper or brush on hand that you can use to clear your car of snow and ice. Many ice scrapers today double as a two-in-one shovel and can also be used to dig your car out of snow bank or pile of snow when, for example, a street plow goes by. This kind of tool can be invaluable to motorists during the dark days of winter. It is even helpful to have an ice scraper on hand when you leave work and simply want to scrap the ice off your windshield before heading home in the evening. Being able to see clearly out of your car windshield in winter is important and can help to prevent accidents.