In Warren, Michigan, drivers should always expect black ice and snow in winter. The roads are particularly dangerous at temperatures around the freezing point, because conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly.
Here are some tips to help you arrive safely when driving in dangerous conditions, so you hopefully won't need to call for a tow truck in Warren.
Consider winter tires designed for snow, slush and ice. We recommend winter tires from October to April.
Winter tires lose their tread depth after prolonged use - and thus slip resistance. Motorists should therefore check regularly if the profile is still sufficient.
Slow down, take into account more driving time, and leave for your destination earlier than normal.
Keep plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you. Tailgating is never advised; but especially not in wintry driving conditions.
Avoid hectic driving maneuvers and jerky steering movements on slippery roads. Stay loose at the wheel and correct only gently.
Before driving, be sure the car completely free of ice and snow. You will not be able to react accordingly if you can’t see through your windshield.
Make sure you have an ice scraper in your car at all times.
Occasionally, carefully conduct a short brake test when there are no other cars around you, to give you a feeling for the road situation and the braking distance on slippery roads. It can be up to five times longer than on dry asphalt!
Beware of fluctuating temperatures around the freezing point, where the road conditions can change constantly.
Snow and slipperiness often lead to long traffic jams. Calculate longer driving times, especially during rush hour traffic.
Consider staying home if the road conditions have completely deteriorated.
In cars equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), drivers should fully depress the brake pedal. Only then can the system work properly. Do not be irritated by the "chattering" of the brakes. In older cars, which still have no ABS, full braking should be avoided. Instead, disengage and gently press the pedal.
On slippery roads, starting off is often difficult because the wheels spin. If you can not get away from it, you can try starting in second gear.
Make sure to keep your gas tank topped off during the winter, do you don’t find yourself out of gas in freezing cold conditions.
If even after these tips, you find yourself in need of a towing service in Warren Michigan, give Tow Warren a call and we will be on our way to provide roadside assistance!