NJ roads can be treacherous even in the best weather conditions due to traffic congestion. During the wintertime, when roadways are frequently covered with ice and snow, it is critical that motorists use caution. One wrong move while driving could be catastrophic and result in significant injuries and property damage. That’s why you should consider the following winter driving safety tips:
- Charge Your Battery: You do not want to wind up stuck on the side of the road in the middle of winter when freezing temperatures could pose significant health risks. If necessary, have your mechanic take a look at your battery.
- Don’t Forget Your Cell Phone: In case of a serious emergency, you are going to need your cell phone so that you can call for help. Bring your cell phone and make sure that it is charged before you leave. (Just be sure to avoid using your cell phone while you drive!)
- Clear Snow Off Your Car: If you park your car outside, it could get covered in snow. It is not safe for you to drive with your view obstructed by snow, so clear the white stuff off your vehicle before you hit the road. You should also clear your headlights so that they won’t be dimmed while you drive.
- Don’t Rush: Motorists tend to speed up when they are in a hurry to get to their destination. Take your time while driving in the winter because you never know when your vehicle could pass over a patch of ice and skid out of control. You should also proceed with caution because other vehicles on the road may suddenly have to stop, leaving you with little time to react.
- Stay Calm: In the event that your vehicle starts to skid on a patch of ice, do not panic. Calmly remove your foot from the gas pedal and try to steer your way out of the danger.
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