Pretty much anyone who’s lived in Missouri has had his or her fair share of winter weather driving. After all, the area gets around 13 inches of snow each year. Missourians know the precipitation well. But, it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher each winter on a few of the best tips for safe driving in snow and ice.
Prioritize the Tires
One of the best things you can do for safe winter driving is to give your tires a little attention. Make sure all four of your tires are in good shape and have plenty of tread. Check the tread by placing a penny in it to see how deep it goes. If Lincoln’s head sticks up, you need new tires.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is important, too. As many Missourians have figured out the hard way, cold weather lowers a tire’s air pressure. Yet, good air pressure is key to a tire’s ability to grip the road in poor conditions. Keep an eye on your tire pressure all winter long.
Take it Slow
Veteran drivers are sure to have learned this lesson long ago, but newer drivers might need the reminder. As a general rule when handling your car in snow or ice, do everything more slowly. Accelerate slowly, turn slowly and brake slowly. In fact, don’t brake at all if you can help it. Using regular brakes on ice often leads to sliding out of control. It’s better to gently let off the accelerator to come to a gradual stop.