Have you ever opened your garage door to zoom out for work and been surprised at the weather? Snow, wind, poor visibility not to mention the cold, can all make your commute seem dreadful. Or perhaps you are already on the road and an unexpected storms sneaks up from nowhere and bam! You can hardly see where you’re going.
At this point, it doesn’t matter if you’re driving a brand new vehicle or a vehicle that’s been outfitted with a quality used engine from our warehouse here at SW Engines. What really matters is how you drive and what you do.
The best option is always to avoid going out in conditions when there is ice, snow, rain, or heavy fog. However, sometimes that can’t be helped. So here are some important tips to help you get to where you are going safely.
1. Drive Slow. You need to increase your following distance with the cars in front of you. If the road is wet or icy, it will take longer to come to a complete stop. You might be late and feel stressed to get there but it’s most important to arrive safe and sound.
2. Have your headlights turned on. You want to increase the ability for other drivers to see you.
3. Brake Slowly. If you begin to hydroplane, take pressure off of the gas pedal and begin to brake slowly. Do not turn or swerve your steering wheel. If you react by turning or swerving, you could lose control of your vehicle and even flip over.
4. Follow Tracks. If visibility is poor, follow the path of the vehicle that is in front of you. The tires from their car will compact the snow down and help give a clearer path to drive.
5. Avoid Water on the road. If you see standing or running water on the road, avoid it and look for a higher route. Flash flooding can happen with no warning and well before any alerts can be given.
6. Pull Over. Don’t be afraid to pull off the road If conditions are scary and you have a hard time even seeing in front of you. Find a safe area to pull over, and then listen to the weather stations and see if you can wait it out.
With all the traveling this winter season and through the holidays, the folks here at Southwest Engines ask you to remember to buckle up, slow down and be safe.