Winter Drivers Be Warned

Driving in the winter is risky. Such risks include property damage, damaging one’s car, injury, and an increase in car insurance price. In order to remain safe on the roads, The Grizzly Growl staff would like to provide some safety protocols. 

“One, decrease your speed,” said Ka’Iana Kapele, a driver’s education instructor at Copper Hills High. Driving slower can help you avoid hazards on the road. It also makes it easier to stop on a slick surface, such as a snowy road. This includes allowing more time to get from place to place.

Making sure the fluids in your car, like antifreeze or oil, are full can prevent them from freezing and ruining your engine. 

Having a scraper in your car and utilizing your car’s defrost mechanism can increase visibility. Scraping your windows before you drive allows the defrost to melt the ice and snow easier. Using your windshield wipers to remove snow can damage them and it is also not as effective.

 “Give yourself enough stopping distance, or space, and make sure you have really good tires,” said Kapele. This includes increasing following distance to 3-4 seconds. If a car slips, there is less of a chance of accident if the cars are further apart. Accelerating and decelerating slower will help increase that following distance and keep your car from sliding.

Having a car with all-wheel-drive is essential for the winter. If your car is not all-wheel-drive, having an anti-lock brake mechanism, as well as an anti-skid mechanism, can be useful to prevent slipping. 

“If you can, just stay off the road,” Kapele said. When the weather is bad, sometimes it is best to avoid driving altogether.