Here in Nebraska, there’s no denying that winter is most certainly underway. In fact, we’ve already seen our fair share of snow and other precipitation this year—and it won’t be letting up any time soon. And as the weather gets colder and ice and snow start to build up, so does the traffic; and along with it comes the slips, slides, and skids that lead to fender benders and other accidents.
At The Kustom Shop, we’re Lincoln, Nebraska’s top-rated auto body and collision experts, and we understand that driving in severe weather can not only be frightening, but dangerous as well. And our team wants you to be safe out there. That why we’ve put together this list of winter driving tips and advice to help you safely navigate the snowy and icy roads and conditions across the region.
Prep Your Ride
Before you head out into adverse winter driving conditions, you first need to ensure that your car is prepared for the rigors of the road. For instance, it’s a good idea to:
- Ensure that your car is up-to-date with fluids, brakes, and oil
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times to avoid freeze up
- Always have your tires properly inflated, and remember that temperature affects tire pressure
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Consider keeping an emergency kit in your car, including a blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, first aid kit, map, spare tire and tools, ice scraper, and road flares
- Nebraska motorists can also use studded snow tires from November 1st to April 1st
Focus on the Road
During severe weather driving, it will always be in your best interest to slow down. Black ice, snowy embankments, low visibility—you never know what could be just ahead. Make sure you:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly, so you retain traction and control of your car, braking slowly and calmly to avoid any accidents
- Follow the 10-second rule—no, not for dropping food on the floor—stay at least 10 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you
- Stay alert and focus on the road, not the radio or your phone
- Don’t try to power up a hill, or stop while going up one
- Never use cruise control in snowy or icy driving conditions
- Check the weather and your route before you hit the road
While winter driving can be risky, it’s sometimes unavoidable. By following these tips for driving through snowy and icy conditions, you can make sure that both you and your car are ready for whatever old man winter throws your way.
For more information on safe driving or winter collision repairs, call The Kustom Shop today at 402-447-4002!