Many areas of the country are still experiencing winter weather conditions, most of which make driving extremely hazardous.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of winter weather and water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is recommending proper safety precautions to be taken when driving in wintery conditions. Although spring is almost hear, many areas of the country are still experiencing winter weather conditions, most of which make driving extremely hazardous.
Vehicles should be equipped with chains or snow tires, as well as provisions in the event that the motorist becomes stranded. Such provisions would include blankets, food, bottled water, parkas, a flashlight, a shovel, first aid, and a fully charged cell phone. Vehicles traveling in winter conditions should have enough fuel to complete the journey.
In icy conditions, normal rules of the road no longer apply, and drivers should allow themselves at least three times the amount of space usually required for maneuvering or stopping. Brakes should be touched as lightly as possible in order to maintain control, and lights should be kept on to increase visibility to other motorists.
Transmissions should be confined to low gear to maintain traction, and it is important to note that bridges and overpasses are usually the first locations to ice up. Additional care should be taken when navigating them.
Remain behind snow plows or sand trucks, since the road ahead is almost certain to be in worse condition than the road behind. Even four wheel drive vehicles are useless on ice.
Loss of traction or skids should be handled gently, turning the wheels in the direction that the car should go and applying gentle pressure to the brakes. If stuck, do not spin wheels, but rather use sand or kitty litter in the tire path to help it gain traction.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration services in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.