There is only one way to completely guarantee that you will not be involved in an accident caused by driving on ice; avoid driving when icy road conditions exist. Unfortunately, this is not possible for many Georgia residents as they will often find themselves in situations where driving on ice is unavoidable. With the knowledge of how to properly drive on ice, however, Savannah drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident.
Driving on Ice Safety Tips
With the knowledge of how to drive on ice and how to properly prepare your car for icy road conditions, you may be able to avoid a collision. The following tips are intended to help you keep you and your loved ones safe on Georgia roads and highways this winter:
- Before getting on the road, be sure that your tires have enough tread. In order to have adequate ice traction, a tire must have at least 6.32-inch deep tread, according to The Tire Rack.
- Drive in lower gears in order to keep traction with the road, especially on hills.
- Be aware of “black ice.” Also known as “glare ice,” this is an almost transparent ice that looks like a puddle, if it is visible at all. If it looks like the road may be slick, then it most likely is.
- Don’t use cruise control or overdrive.
- Slow down and leave plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Experts recommend leaving as much as three times the amount of space that you usually leave under good weather conditions.
- Keep your windshield and lights clean. Also, make sure that your lights are on.
- Never assume that your vehicle can handle all types of road conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles are susceptible to the dangers present on icy roads.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels begin to lock, ease off the brake.
- Exercise extreme caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, as these tend to freeze first. Even when the temperature is above freezing, if the road is wet, you may encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways.