When the weather is warm, you don’t have to worry about the road conditions too much, but you do have to be extra cautious when driving in rural areas. When you venture outside of the Greater Atlanta Area and onto country roads, you need to be extra careful on two-lane roads without barriers due to the risk of a head-on collision.
You also should watch out for deer crossing into your path, especially as the sun rises and sets. But in the winter, Georgia drivers face a whole new set of challenges, especially when they head north toward the mountainous regions of the state or when they travel by car to snowy areas
Even though Georgia’s climate is described as subtropical with long, hot summers and mild winters compared to other parts of the country, certain parts of the state still experience snow and freezing rain in the winter, which can be a safety issue for Georgians who are not often faced with driving in freezing temperatures. To stay safe when driving in cold or snowy conditions, follow these tips!
How to Drive Safely in the Winter
Before you hit the road in freezing or snowy conditions, follow this advice:
- Before you hit the road, check the weather report for the areas you intend to travel so you’re not caught off guard in dangerous winter weather.
- Remember, 32° is freezing. If temperatures drop below freezing, expect ice and possibly snow depending on the weather.
- Always make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. For winter weather, having proper tread on your tires and good wiper blades are critical.
- Keep your vehicle stocked with a roadside emergency kit, water, protein bars, and blankets in case you break down in a rural area and you don’t have cell service.
- If you’ll be driving in the snow, purchase a snow brush car snow scraper brush. This affordable tool is vital if a bunch of snow dumps on your vehicle. If it snows on your car and you don’t have a snow brush, you can improvise and use a broom to brush the snow off your windows.
- Do NOT drive your vehicle if there is ice or snow on your windows. Clear the ice and snow before you hit the road.
- To remove ice and make it easier to remove snow from your windshield, turn on your car’s defroster for 10 or 15 minutes and then use the snow brush and windshield wipers to remove the remaining ice and snow. The defroster will make it much easier to get the job done!
- When there is black ice or when it’s snowing, slow down and leave plenty of stopping distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
- If you’ll be driving in ice or snow and you own a two-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive vehicle, always opt for the four-wheel drive. It’s much safer in winter and snowy conditions and can make all the difference between a serious crash and making it back home safely!
We hope you found these tips helpful. To learn more about driving safely in the winter, click here for additional tips from AAA. To file a car accident claim any time of year, we invite you to contact Jones & Swanson at (770) 427-5498 for a free case evaluation.