Winter Driving Tips from Roseville PD
Adjust driving awareness in the changing season
ROSEVILLE, CA – All year round we face a variety of hazards when we get behind the wheel. With the New Year soon around the corner, we’ll likely increase our chances of a wet weather test drive. You can even consider a trip through the mountains to visit your favorite ski resort.
As the weather changes, we will see the effects on our roads which in turn will affect our driving conditions. Here are some tips to help the driver safely in fog, rain, or icy and snowy conditions.
Driving in the fog
- Drive with your low beam on. High beams may seem like a good idea, but they are more dangerous because the light can reflect on the fog.
- Make sure windows and windshields are clean – Using defoggers and windshield wipers can help increase your visibility.
- Make sure to send a signal Anytime you intend to change lanes or turn. Giving notice to vehicles behind you can help avoid sudden stops.
In the rain or on wet roads
- Before you start your drive, make sure of this Check your tires. Low-flat or low-tread tires can cause a hydroplane to roll off. Waterslides can be very scary and dangerous for you and those around you.
- keep an eye on Speedometer. Posted speed limits are intended as a guide to ideal conditions. During rain, it may be safe to drive at a low speed while driving. Be careful as driving too slowly can also be dangerous.
- Avoid using cruise control Try to increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
In icy and snowy conditions
- Make sure you have spare parts set of strings That fit your tires correctly – test them out and make sure they fit before you head out.
- Drive in the tracks Black ice is hard to find and tends to be colder in the morning and at night because that’s when the air is coldest, and melted snow or rain can freeze.
- try to Avoid sudden movements And just like driving in the rain, try to keep more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If you lose control of your vehicle or have an accident, make sure you stay calm. Pull off the road as safely as possible and call 911. It’s also wise to have an emergency bag in your car with things like jumper cables, multi-tool, flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangle, warm blanket, non-perishable food, and water.