Winter Driving Tips for Montanans
Growing up in Montana or in an area that happens to get harsh winters and bad driving conditions, sometimes you overlook some important tips and reminders to always remember while winter driving.
Here are some of my main tips for winter driving and some obvious but good reminders.
1. SLOW DOWN... that is the biggest thing anyone and everyone can do while the driving conditions are not great. This goes for most conditions too by the way. Don't be in a rush in the winter.
2. Keeping with number one. Allow yourself enough time to get where you need to go. You don't want to be in a hurry on icy roads do you?
3. Having a vehicle that can handle or at least is somewhat decent in the snow. I know everyone can't afford a new truck or new all wheel drive vehicle, but in our area there are a lot of used cars/trucks that are good in the snow. Don't go for sport or look, go for reliability in harsh conditions because that's where driving can get rough.
4. Don't accelerate up hills. I found this out on my driveway hill. Slower is better..why? It allows your tires to get traction. Of course DO NOT stop while going up a hill.... it can be very hard to get going again.
Triple AAA then offers some long distance winter driving tips, a few are:
Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.