Tips For Winter Driving As Polar Vortex Recharges

A week after the Polar Vortex set record low temperatures for large swaths of North America, in comes another frigid weather system that will again scatter subzero temperatures across the Midwest and Canada.

Subzero temperatures bring the risk of frostbite and hypothermia within minutes, and drivers should expect some nasty road conditions. Authorities urged people to stay indoors, but many still braved the elements. Should you need to venture out, motorists would be wise to take in these safety tips courtesy the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

“I cannot stress how dangerously cold it will be,” Doll said. "An entire generation has gone by without experiencing this type of cold in the Chicago area."

Should you need to venture out, motorists would be wise to take in these safety tips courtesy the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

  • Know Your Vehicle - An unfamiliar vehicle, like a rental or borrowed car, increases the likelihood of an accident in reactive situations. Familiarize yourself with your transportation before beginning a trip.
  • Assess Your Tires and Vital Systems - Before pulling out of your driveway, make sure your car is in good, working order. When it comes to seasonal road conditions, the more grip you have on the road, the better. In wet or icy conditions, more grip will mean more control.
  • Look Ahead - Reading the roadway for signs of trouble can give you the extra few seconds you need to brake safely while avoiding a collision.
  • Be Prepared In Case You Get Stuck - Get ready in case you are sidelined by an emergency. A roadside emergency kit is a must.
  • Avoid multiple maneuvers.Drive to deliberately and avoid quick, reactive driving. A car’s major systems are meant for acceleration, braking, and steering, but not all at once. Expecting a car to do more than one of these operations at a time can be dangerous on winter roads.
  • Watch the Barometer Fall Check temperature on your driving route- Few people take into account the effect temperature has on the air pressure in their tires until the grip they rely on isn’t there. As a general rule, a 10 degree drop in temperature reduces tire pressure by one point.