Driving during a Connecticut winter requires a high degree of skill and attention, with cold temperatures, slippery roadways, rain and snow all serving as potential hazards. Winter driving poses risks regardless of how experienced you are out on the road, but newer drivers may find it particularly difficult to drive during the winter season.
However, knowing what to do in winter driving situations may put you more at ease behind the wheel while enhancing your own safety and that of your passengers. During the wintertime, make sure to take the following steps.
Avoid driver distraction
While texting, using a cellphone or otherwise driving while distracted is dangerous, regardless of the time of year, allowing anything to divert your attention away from the vehicle controls is especially dangerous during the winter.
If you have to take to the roadways in inclement winter weather, map out your route ahead of time. Make sure to check the weather, not only where you are, but where you are going, and plan accordingly.
Stock your car, truck or van
It is also wise to expect the unexpected during the wintertime. Keep a safety or emergency kit in your vehicle that has an ice scraper, a shovel, blankets, food and a flashlight in the event of a car crash or delay. If you do find yourself stuck somewhere, run your car only enough to produce heat and then turn it off. Otherwise, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The bottom line is, winter driving is risky. If you have the ability to put off a trip until conditions improve, it may benefit you to do so.