Winter Driving Tips For Teenagers
Ice, sleet and snow are winter driving factors that nearly every motorist struggles with at some point, but when you’re a teenager that’s new to driving, these conditions can prove even more troublesome. Here are a few tips that can help you out this winter as you prepare for the winter weather and all the challenges that come with it.
1) Know your limits
It’s important to know that when you’re driving on snow and ice, you may only have 10% of the grip you normally would on concrete or asphalt. In some situations grip might rise to around 30% or 50%, but it’s important to remember that if you only have 10% grip, then only hit the brakes or accelerate 10% of what you normally would. This will help prevent sliding.
2) Pack an emergency kit
Give yourself a chance of being successful this winter by packing an emergency kit. Suggested items include a heavy blanket, flashlight, shovel, towstrap, bottled water, cellphone, flares, ice-scraper, jumper cables, and non-perishable food. Having these items might really come in handy if you become stranded on the side of the road during a snowstorm or a blizzard.
3) Keep your gas tank at least half full
To protect your gas lines from accumulating moisture and freezing, it’s important to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. It’s also a good idea to flush out, clean, and add new antifreeze to your vehicle before winter. You should also consider taking your vehicle to a mechanic to have its brakes, tires, and battery system checked to ensure peak performance before winter weather sets in.
Perhaps most importantly, it’s always good to remember to keep you eyes on the road, drive smart, and buckle your safety belts this winter.
Video: More winter driving tips for teens
Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.