Avoiding Another #snowjam

Most Woodstock residents would agree that we’ve had our fill of winter weather. We’re content to bunker down and enjoy the familiar warmer temperatures as we wait out the week’s dreary weather. But while we plan our trips to the carwash and worry about road salt rusting our paint, we should also take the opportunity to brush up on those winter driving tips we rarely need here in Georgia.

Stay Prepared for Unexpected Winter Weather

  • Keep an emergency roadside kit in your trunk
  • Always travel with snacks and bottled water
  • Stock your car with blankets
  • Keep your gas tank half full
  • Replace tires when the tread wears thin
  • Get your vehicle serviced regularly

Winter Driving Safety Tips

  • driving in winterIf the weather is bad, stay home whenever possible
  • If your vehicle breaks down, stay in the shelter of your car until help arrives
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility and make yourself visible to other drivers
  • Don’t use cruise control during inclement weather
  • If the roads are slick, leave an extra 2-3 car lengths between you and the car in front of you
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly during rain, snow, or sleet
  • Pay close attention to surrounding cars for signs that drivers are losing control of their vehicles
  • Test your brakes before driving on hazardous roads
  • Don’t brake on a hill; if the roads are slick, you are more likely to spin out as you try to reaccelerate
  • Don’t accelerate on a hill, accelerate before reaching the hill and use the car’s momentum to carry you to the top
  • If you lose control of your vehicle, steer into the skid
  • If you get stuck, don’t spin your wheels; turn your wheels from left to right to clear a path and accelerate gently
  • Help your fellow motorists

Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to wash away the grime, water spots, and road salt leftover from last week’s winter storm.

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