Winter Driving Tips: Icy Roads and Getting Stuck

December 28th, 2012 by

winter drivingI forgot how dangerous snow and ice could be on the road. When taking a trip to a rural and very snowy region of Michigan this past week, I was reminded of how careful drivers need to be, and how often they aren’t. After hearing the horror stories of blizzard misadventures and people getting stuck, I was thankful the car I was in didn’t have that misfortune. Here at Middletown Honda we believe it’s important not only to sell cars, but serve our customers with driving safety tips as well. Below are some ways to enhance your driving skills on snowy and icy roads. Stay safe!

When The Roads Are Icy . . .

  • •   Lessen your speed despite other cars around you. Make sure to leave enough room between your car and the car in front of you. A quick brake could lead to a fender bender.
  • •   Avoid sliding and skidding by braking lightly. If your wheels are locking up, you may be braking too hard.
  • •   In a snowstorm, having your lights on helps other motorists see your car.
  • •   Clean off your windshield and passenger windows completely. Visibility from all sides is important.
  • •   For those of you who like cruise control, don’t use it when the roads are icy — you could risk not having full control of your vehicle.
  • •   Bridges and overpasses freeze first. Slow down, especially if the roads are already icy. Chances are the overpass or bridge will be even worse.
  • •   Just because you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle doesn’t mean you have invincibility against snow and ice. Remember that even if you do have an advantage, it won’t do you any good if you don’t take the proper precautions.
  • •   Do not spin your wheels — it will just make your tires go deeper in the snow.
  • •   Before you resort to digging out the snow, move your tires side to side to push snow out of the way.
  • •   You may think hard acceleration will get you out faster. On the contrary, ease on the gas pedal and gently accelerate the car.
  • •   It may be a good idea to have a bag of sand, kitty litter, or salt in your trunk during bad snow days. By pouring out either one in front of the wheels on a path, it will create traction. If there is gravel nearby, that also will help.

If Your Vehicle is Stuck . . .

Our team of expert service technicians here at Middletown Honda can prepare your car for the winter elements. Schedule an appointment online and make sure your vehicle will safely get you through the season!