Winter travel in a car always has some risks, especially for younger, inexperienced drivers. Roadways are unevenly covered with ice, snow, slush and water making otherwise normal driving hazardous and unnerving. Driving across the northern part of the United States can take you from a seemingly beautiful late-fall/early-winter day into a white-knuckle whiteout where speeds above 30mph are impossible.
While you can’t control the roads, or the weather, or even the other guy behind the wheel who isn’t as careful or experienced in driving in winter conditions, you can prepare a bit with some smartphone apps and accessories to make things a bit more safe.
First of all, I should mention that 1) driving in stormy winter conditions is not advised so delay travel whenever possible, 2) you should NOT use mobile phone while driving, and 3) you should always carry a winter survival kit.
There are also some basic maintenance items you should do to your vehicles to minimize the chances of a mechanical failure. And for some basic tips and other information on winter driving, check out IcyRoadSafety.com. (more…)