The first thing you want to do if you’re going to drive through a winter storm is to avoid driving too far into the snow.
“If you’re heading into the city, you want your distance to be about 1,000 feet,” said Bob Sperling, a retired truck driver who has driven more than 10 million miles.
But that’s not the case when driving into the mountains.
In order to make your vehicle safer, “you want to be moving fast,” he said.
So, you’ll want to take the following steps: Drive to the side of the road as soon as possible.
This means driving through a thick layer of snow or ice and then moving slowly into the road.
“When you drive through that snow, it can be very slippery,” said Sperlin, who retired from the trucking industry in 1996.
“It’s very dangerous.”
“You don’t want to go right into the next layer of ice,” said John O’Hara, a former truck driver now an instructor at the University of Arizona.
When you do, he said, “it can be extremely dangerous.”
To prevent any ice from forming on your windshield, make sure you’re driving slowly and safely.
“Don’t get too far away from the road,” said O’O’Harras, who has been a truck driver since 1999.
“That way you’ll avoid getting hit.”
Avoid driving through snowdrifts.
“Most people think it’s a good idea to drive right through a snowy road, but it can cause problems,” Sperlan said.
“The snow itself can cause damage, especially to your windshield and your airbag.”
The snow that forms can cause the airbag to fire, and if that happens, the car can’t go anywhere because it’s stuck in a snowdrift.
“You’re going through the snow and the airbags can start to get damaged,” O’Aharras said.
In a snowy area, he explained, “You can’t turn around to avoid hitting the snow.”
“If the air bag is damaged, you have to get out of the snowdrill and back to the road, and it takes you quite a while to do that,” Spermling said.
But if you want, you can use your windshield wipers to help you get out.
“As soon as you turn your wipers on, you see a white light, like it’s the light of a truck, but then it goes white and it’s not moving,” Sinfell said.
You want to use your wiper to keep you from getting hit.
The snow may also cause the windshield to flake off.
“In some areas of the country, it’s even been known to get blown off,” Othar said.
If you don’t have a windshield, you should make sure that you’re using your windshield wiper when you drive.
It can be difficult to see where the ice is in the windshield, but you can always see where you can turn to clear the road ahead.
Sperlings advice is to drive slowly and deliberately, avoiding turning in any snow.
If there is a large white blob on the road and you’re able to see it, you’re safe.
If not, “the road is slippery and you can’t see the road well,” he explained.
“There are some places where you have a good view and some places you don.
But the roads are slippery and very slippery, so it’s always a possibility that you might have to make a hard right turn.”
But remember, you don “have to get over it,” Opharras told the Associated Press.
“Even if you do turn into it, the snow is still going to get there.”
If you can see the snow on your road ahead, it could be that you are ahead of it, he added.
“A big white blob can come from behind you and hit your windshield,” he added, “and it’s dangerous.”
O’Harras advice is also to use the wiper, but only in clear weather.
“For the most part, you won’t be able to tell the difference,” Oarthar said, adding that “when you’re in a foggy situation, you might get some blobs that can be hard to see.”
But in areas with snow, “when the snow goes into the windshield,” you’ll have to look up.
If the road is icy, you may have to turn around and go back the other way.
If it’s wet, you could have to drive across a river to the other side.
If visibility is good, you will see the blob, but that’s “not the best option,” Oathar said in an email to the AP.
“We don’t know exactly where the snow will be in the next few hours,” he continued.
“But we know that it will probably be much closer to where you are now than it was before