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  • Writer's pictureBill Doar

Tips For Driving In The Dallas Winter

Winter driving demands extra caution due to slippery roads and reduced visibility. With that being said, we here at Velocity Courier Services are out on the roads everyday and would love to share a few tips for navigating in wintry conditions.

Start by ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready: check tire tread depth, maintain proper tire pressure, and use winter-grade windshield washer fluid. Clear all windows, mirrors, and lights of snow and ice before setting out. Use winter tires for enhanced traction in cold conditions. Increase your following distance to allow for longer stopping distances on icy or snow-covered roads. Adjust your speed to match the road conditions and drive below the speed limit if necessary.

Always keep a safe distance from snowplows and other vehicles. Black ice is particularly hazardous, so be extra vigilant, especially on bridges and overpasses. Brake gently and early to avoid skidding, and accelerate gradually to prevent wheel spin. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply steady pressure in case of a skid.

Maintain a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle, including items like blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and a first aid kit. Stay informed about weather forecasts and road conditions before embarking on a trip, and consider postponing travel if conditions are severe.

If you get stuck in snow, avoid spinning your wheels excessively, as this can dig you in deeper. Instead, gently rock the vehicle back and forth, using a low gear and minimal acceleration. Carry items like sand or kitty litter for extra traction. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freezing.

Ultimately, the key to safe winter driving is preparedness, caution, and adaptability to changing road conditions.

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