When roads are covered in ice or snow, Omaha are drivers should exercise with caution. Pay attention at intersections to reduce the number of vehicles that pass thru a signal per cycle. Put a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
Beardmore Chevrolet has compiled tips for driving in winter conditions.
Drivers are urged to eliminate unnecessary and discretionary trips at these times.
• Consolidate trips. Take care of as many errands as you can when you go out. (This is good way to save gasoline, too.)
• Don't let critical household supplies dwindle. Keep frozen or canned foods handy so that you always have a couple days' worth of good, nourishing meals.
• Keep at least one week's medications on hand. Do not wait until the last day to fill regular prescriptions.
• Keep a week's supply of infants' and children's items. An emergency supply of diapers, baby food, formula, etc. should be kept in reserve.
• Lastly, be flexible. Consider changing plans and canceling events if conditions warrant. A quiet night at home can be a relaxing break in a busy schedule.
Another important consideration is making sure your vehicles are road worthy during the winter. It can be costly and inconvenient if your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck on the road. It can also be a hazard to other drivers if your vehicle blocks a lane or impedes traffic
• Make sure your vehicle has good tires. Good tires will allow a vehicle to navigate through most street conditions. Tires with worn, thin tread should be replaced. Some experts advise that tires older than six years should be replaced. The rubber becomes hard and inelastic and does not perform well in the snowy travel conditions.
• Inflate tires to the recommended pressure.
• Expect slick conditions during and after snow events. Stops will take longer. Turns must be navigated at slower speeds.
• Respect other drivers. Traffic will slow during snowfalls and when the pavement is wet and snow covered. Drivers should try to move with rest of the traffic and not aggressively change lanes and pass. Traffic is safest when everyone is moving at the same speed.
• Use sandbags or other ballast in rear wheel drive pickup trucks.
• Have your vehicle's antifreeze checked.
• Keep windshield washer fluid in your vehicle. Keep the reservoir full and some extra fluid in the trunk.
• Keep a small snow shovel in your trunk. Hopefully it will never be needed but if it is, it will be invaluable. Some ice melt and a piece of scrap carpet can help if traction is needed.
• If you are not comfortable driving in the conditions you see, don't. Ask for a ride, use public transportation, or forgo the trip.