Here’s What You Should Know About Winter Driving In The Poconos | Something To Think About
Is it safe to drive in sleet? One of the reasons it can be dangerous to drive in sleet or snow is that your visibility will be reduced. However, even a heavy bout of sleet can be dangerous, as this too can lead to reduced visibility. It can also lay on the roads and make them slippery, even though it shouldn’t be cold enough to freeze.
The best way to reduce risk in icy conditions and the safest way to drive in snow, ice and sleet is not to drive at all! Be aware of the weather forecast and try to get any urgent tasks completed before a storm hits. Staying at home and off the road during winter storms is your safest option. Take it slowEstimated Reading Time: 4 mins.
Is it safe to drive in sleet?
Here’s what you should know about winter driving in the Poconos Something to Think About Debbie Kulick Something to Think About Show Caption Hide Caption Dangerous freezing rain to arrive on heels of Northeast storm Another round of dangerous winter weather will be in store for parts of the Great Lakes and the interior Northeast this weekend, as forecasters warn of the arrival of freezing rain and sleet. Accuweather, Accuweather New year, new adventures, new challenges and the promise of fresh fallen snow.
Or rather belated arrival of snow. There are things that everyone should know or review. AAA has lots of experience here! If the weather is bad, stay home. Only go out if necessary. Next, this goes without saying, remove all snow and ice before you drive. Before you clear off the windows, start the car, set the airflow to defrost, the fan speed to maximum and the temperature to high.
The goal is for the driver to have an unobstructed view in all directions. Use a scraper or a credit card if necessary, to remove ice on the car windows and mirrors. Also, make sure the inside window glass is clean in all directions. It can take longer to defrost ice and snow if the rear glass is dirty. Also, check to see if the rear-window defroster is working. Driving speed. Here is the failure of many drivers, decreasing their driving speed. Snow even worse, ice is not driving on the dry summer roadway!
Leave lots of distance between you and the next driver, both in front and along side of you. Bad road conditions require lower speeds because you have poorer traction. Reminder that the best way to lower speed, since tires slide on snow and ice, is to gently press down on the brake pedal to stop.
Tires spin when you accelerate, so go gently there, too. Those signs that remind you bridges and overpasses freeze first are true, believe them. AAA representatives remind drivers that they can get a false sense of security thinking that because they have a 4WD or AWD vehicle they are safer.
You may think you have extra traction and extra traction is implied as extra safety. What drivers often fail to recognize id that the steering, braking, cornering and just general driving are helped, but the speed at which they are driving should not increase. In other words, just slow down. Column continues after gallery. Aside from the regular winter maintenance for the car, the window washing fluid, wiper, and tires that will work in the snow or ice, there are a couple of other reminders.
Try to keep the gas tank as full as possible. Getting caught in a snowbank, pulling over until the road crew goes by or being caught in traffic in the winter can mean having to turn your car on and off to stay warm. Keep a warm blanket and an extra jug of window washing fluid in the car too.
Straighten the wheel and accelerate slowly. Watch for black ice. Finally, and this is a big thing, respect snowplows! They are often out hours upon hours just to keep you safe while driving. Check with your municipality and see how they want you to have your driveway snow piled up as well as your mailbox cleared.
No clearing, no mail. In addition, watch out when driving next to a snowplow on a major roadway. The snow that flies off the sides of the plow can hit your windshield making it difficult to see the road. To be safe, keep a distance from any snowplow on the road. After all, you want to see the leaves pop in spring!