Dangers of Winter Driving – and How to Overcome Them

a car in the snow

Be aware of these winter driving hazards.

The winter brings us festivities, holidays, and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Unfortunately, it also brings adverse weather, bone-chilling temperatures, and challenging road conditions. Before you set off on your winter journey, take a look at common winter driving hazards and how to overcome them!

  • Black Ice

Black ice is clear water that has frozen on dark roadways, presenting a hidden trap for motorists who cannot see the slick surface. It is especially prevalent on bridges, below overpasses, and in areas surrounded by trees. The best way to avoid spinning on black ice is to drive slowly and cautiously. Keep your windshield clean so that you can see the road clearly ahead, and avoid braking hard if you do hit ice. Instead, ease off the gas and make smooth steering movements.

  • Visibility

Being able to see the road ahead is a vital part of safe driving, enabling you to react to the environment. Drizzle, heavy rain, and snow can impair your visibility. This season, make sure your wiper blades are in good condition so that they can clear your window effectively. Also, ensure that all snow is cleared from your vehicle before setting off on your journey.

  • A Dead Battery

As a battery ages, it loses its ability to provide current in low temperatures. This is why battery failure is one of the most common winter driving hazards, particularly in freezing temperatures. Make sure your battery is in good condition, clean the lead connections, and perhaps invest in a new battery before the temperatures drop significantly.

For the quality car insurance that will protect you and your vehicle throughout the winter and beyond, contact the team at Gee-Schussler Insurance Agency. We serve Orland Park and surrounding cities in Illinois.