Winter Driving: 3 Ways to be Prepared
Some may argue that winter isn’t so bad as long as you don’t have to drive. While our children can enjoy the luxury of a snow day, most of us don’t have that option. Sauers snow and ice management crews spend hours on the road in the worst of winter conditions.
Here they will share three ways to be prepared for winter driving.
- Update the Emergency Kit in your Car.
- Better to be safe than sorry. The Greater Philadelphia region determines how big of an emergency kit you will need. Some basics include: matches, flashlight, a small shovel, windshield scraper, blanket, cell phone charger, first aid kit, and snacks that don’t spoil.
- Check on the Wear of your Tires.
- Winter tires are great to have if you live where the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit frequently. It is good to have winter tires because they are made with a different compound of rubber which stays more flexible during the cold. They also have longer “tire hairs” to allow for better grip and traction. Checking on this before winter hits can help you avoid a frustrating winter driving situation later.
- Research the Routes & Take Your Time
- Before you venture out onto the open road, go online or listen to the radio for any road closures. Your GPS can even show you more effective routes if there are any closures. Give yourself extra time. While our crews are out in horrible winter weather conditions, we often see cars and trucks going the normal speed limit only to experience an accident because they didn’t accommodate for the bad weather.
Winter driving doesn’t have to be miserable. With a little bit of preparation and following the tips of snow and ice management professionals, you can safely arrive to your destination without a problem.