Driving in snowy weather in Arizona? Here's 5 tips to stay safe on icy roads
Winter weather in Arizona can be unpredictable at times.
Snow is not a frequent occurrence in some parts of the state, but when it does snow, it can create dangerous road conditions. While northern Arizona residents might be more versed in driving on icy roads, most Arizonans are not.
To make sure you are driving safely, it is essential to be prepared and to follow certain guidelines.
Here's what you need to know about driving on snowy roads this season.
Snowy forecast:Northern Arizona to get more snow after short respite
Check the weather forecast and road conditions before getting on the road
Make sure to check the weather forecast and road conditions. This will help you determine whether it is safe to drive or if any roads are closed due to inclement weather. You can check the Arizona Department of Transportation website or call 511 for up-to-date information on road conditions.
Use winter tires or chains
Winter tires provide better traction on snow and ice compared to regular tires. If you live in an area like Flagstaff, which experiences frequent snow, it is recommended that you get a set of winter tires. Having tire chains in case you encounter snow or ice on the road is another safe investment.
Slow down and maintain a safe following distance
Snowy roads can be slippery, making it hard to stop or turn. To stay safe, it is essential to reduce your speed and maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. The end result will give you more time to react in case of a sudden stop or change in direction.
Avoid sudden movements and sudden braking
Sudden braking can cause your vehicle to skid or spin out of control on snow or ice. To avoid this ADOT recommends making gradual and smooth movements when steering, accelerating and braking.
Know how to handle a skid
If your vehicle begins to skid, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and avoid making any sudden movements. To regain control, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: How to drive safely on icy roads in Arizona during the winter