The Christmas season is full of fun events. When heading to visit with family and friends or shopping for the best Christmas gifts, you rely on the roadways to get you from one location to the next. However, road conditions during the Christmas season can be unsafe at times. At Collision King, we know that safety is a priority, so we’ve listed some tips to stay safe while driving this Christmas season:
Check Your Tires
While Houston, Texas, may not be famous for snowy roads, ice does pose a threat for drivers during the Christmas season. Help keep yourself safe on the road by checking your tires. Check both the psi and the tread on all of your tires. If the tire pressure is too low, be sure to fill it to the proper amount. If the tread on your tires is low, it may be time to consider new tires to prevent slipping on potentially icy roads.
Allow Yourself Extra Time for Stopping
When roads are wet or icy, you need to allow yourself extra time to react to cars in front of you. If another driver slams on their brakes, you want to be sure you have ample space to safely stop and avoid a collision. Make sure to place at least 8 to 10 second gab in between yourself and the car in front of you when driving this Christmas season.
Check Your Windshield Wipers
Winter in Texas often means an increased amount of rainfall. If you’re ever caught driving in the rain, you want to make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. Worn out wipers will leaving streaks on the windshield, making seeing the roads difficult. Check periodically to make sure your windshield wipers aren’t worn out when driving this season.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
When driving in the wet or icy winter weather, avoid using the cruise control function on your car. In the event your car begins to hydroplane, cruise control can make the situation worse. When using this function, your car is being kept at a constant speed, which keeps your tires spinning and can further diminish the amount of control you have of your car.
Be on the Lookout for Black Ice
Black ice can form on the roads if the weather conditions are right. If you see spots on the pavement that look glossy and darker than normal, proceed carefully, as this can indicate black ice. Additionally, be especially careful when driving on bridges, overpasses, or shaded areas, as these are some of the most common locations for this danger to form.
Christmas is a time when many people are on the road to get to family gatherings, holiday events, or shopping for gifts. It is important to know how to keep yourself safe when driving during this season. At Collision King, we know how to keep your car running at it’s best for the winter weather. Give us a call at (713) 686-5677.