My fellow Burtonian, winter sucks or at least I think it does. It’s cold and slows down your day.

You always have to do a bunch of extra stuff like constantly putting on layers of clothes, make sure the heating is constantly on and leaving time you don’t have to warm up the car.

Severe weather can be frightening because you have less control over your car. In this post, we’ll be going over some helpful tips to keep you safe when driving in the winter.

5 Tips for driving in the snow in Burton

Stay indoors. Only go out if you feel like it’s absolutely necessary. There’s no need to take any risks. Instead, you should pour yourself some hot chocolate and read a book.

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Do not stop when driving uphill. On a dry road, sure, you can press the break and stay there. But if you’re under the snow, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up slipping. So keep going until you get to a flat road.

Drive slowly. This may be obvious but I had to mention it. You may be feeling confident and want to speed up but that confidence can get you in an accident. Make sure you’re driving at a steady, slow pace. You’re not trying to look cool, you’re trying to be safe.

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Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Don’t try and race the traffic lights, no matter how tempting. Skids are a major sign you’re about to crash so avoid them. If you try to zoom off in a sudden, you could skid and lose control. The same applies for decelerating, you have to apply your break slowly or else you’ll skid.

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Use the slippery surface to your advantage. If you’re driving and stop (not pressing the break), you find yourself moving forward. You’ll be moving forward in a greater distance with the slippery surface. So instead of constantly pressing the gas, you can use the slippery surface to your advantage.

6 Tips for long distance winter trips out of Burton

Be fully prepared. Life is unpredictable, you never know what could happen. So keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your boot. This can include extra food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.

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Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have a sufficient amount of tread. Make sure your car is at least half full all the time. You could also go to a mechanic to make sure your car is in tip-top condition for the roads ahead.

Your car is your best friend, don’t leave her. She’ll provide you with shelter, warmth, and will help you be easily spotted by rescuers.

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Let other people know. Make sure your loved ones know where you’re going. So no matter what happens, they have a good idea of where you could be. Let them know when you’re about to leave and your estimated time of arrival.

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Don’t overdo it. You’re a human, you get tired so rest. Don’t try to overpower your tiredness because you won’t be able to do it. If you’re unable to stop, make sure you have some cold coffee to drink or some caffeine tablets. If you can, try and get out of the car and get something to eat.

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Preserve your fuel. Only keep the engine running if you’re driving or to remove the chill.

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Check the weather. See what the traffic is like in the route you’re going to take and see what the weather is like.

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