How to drive safe when commuting to work this winter

For those of you who commute to work by car, driving in hazardous weather can be brutal. With the hazardous conditions of the winter season approaching, we thought we would give you some tips on how to stay safe during your work commute.

Make sure to give your car a good tune-up

Even before the first signs of cold weather and snow, give your car a thorough inspection. Check the conditions of your tires. Inspect for inflation level, signs of damage, and tread depth. Make sure to rotate your tires too. Getting an oil change will give you the peace of mind that your oil is fresh for the cold temperatures of winter. Also, make sure all of the lights on your dashboard that you ignore are checked. The last thing you want to be doing is driving down the road and break-down because of a preventable measure that could have been handled weeks or months ago.

Always keep your gas tank full

In order to avoid gas line freeze-up, keep your gas tank above half-a-tank. A gas line freeze-up occurs when the moisture in your gas tank freezes, causing the line to clog. Having your car out at night in the freezing cold, this is a concern. Therefore when you notice that you are close to or below half a tank of gas, be sure to fuel up.

Have an emergency kit with you

The risk of sliding off the side of the road or being in an accident is high during the winter. So being prepared with some necessities for your car is a must – in case you become stranded or forced to stay in your car for an extended period of time. If you are in an accident or stranded in your car, chances are the heat will not be working therefore it’s good to have blankets that will help keep your entire body warm. Some other important emergency kit items include: Trac-Grabbers (an essential rescue device which is very quickly and easily strapped to the drive wheels of your car which is stuck, stranded in snow, and enables your vehicle to get unstuck quickly under its own power), flashlight, bottled water, snacks, first-aid kit, hand warmers, spare tire, roadside assistance card.

Leave for work on time

Giving yourself enough time is essential for your commute in the morning – to deal with the winter elements. Make sure to check the weather the night before. If the forecast talks about the possibility of snow or ice, start getting prepared that night. When you wake up, give yourself the needed time to defrost your car and scrape off any ice or snow. As it turns out, one of the major factors of accidents in the winter comes from drivers rushing in the morning and not properly cleaning their car of snow and ice.

The thing is, winter season can be a terrible challenge for commuters, however if you take these tips and use them during your winter commute this season, your drive will be less dangerous on the road.

If you have any other tips on commuting in winter, share with us in the comments below.

J.R. Longstaff