Tips for Driving in the Treasure Valley Snow
It's our first snow and it's causing several traffic issues. If we keep these things in mind, I think we will all get to where we need to be safely. My mama bear side is coming out wanting to take care of everyone.
- Fuel up if you're low on gas. You don't know how long it will take you to get to where you're going.
- Wear a seat belt. I hope this is obvious.
- Turn on your headlights
- If you find your car is sliding, turn into your slide. You're more likely able to gain control once again.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Plan ahead when approaching a stoplight and allow ample time to slow down.
- Drive slowly.
- Don't stop if you can avoid it. Keep your car or truck moving at a crawl if it's safe for your situation.
- Avoid stopping up a hill. Additionally, don't accelerate while moving up a hill - you're likely to slide.
- Stay home. Do you really need to go out? If the answer isn't a resounding yes, stick with the home life.
- Call from Casey - downshift your car regardless of whether or not you drive an automatic or manual. This way, you're putting less stress on your brakes and more on your engine.
This morning, over 20 accidents have littered I-84. This is just the freeway. Side roads are a mess and commutes are taking anywhere between an hour and two hours extra.