How to Drive on Snow and Ice in Texas

You are reading this because of one of two reasons. The first reason, the temperature has taken a dive down to thirties and you want to be prepared in the even that precipitation in the form of rain, sleet, or snow occurs. Or, you’re here because the road is completely covered with snow or ice.

Regardless which reason you are here, we have good news. We’ll help with some tips on how you can drive safely in Texas when there is snow and ice on the road. Let’s begin.

Tip #1: Wait it Out

“I thought you were going to show me how to drive on the snow!” While this is true, one of the simplest ways that you can avoid being in a car accident is by avoiding being on the road when it is covered with snow or ice. Although it may seem inconvenient to cancel plans or not go out, this may actually be a reward by not placing yourself (and others) in harm’s way. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Also, waiting for the snow or ice to clear before going out can also be very helpful if it is necessary to drive on those road conditions. This can mean waiting past noon for at least the sun to be directly on top of your area. Although it may seem insignificant, the sun can at least help soften the snow, which would make it more accessible to shovel out of a driveway.

Tip #2: Use Tire Chains

As people from areas where snow is a daily part of life can attest to, installing tire chains on a tire can increase its traction significantly. Tire chains are essentially a special web of materials that cover a tire’s rubber surface. Although the term is tire “chain”, there are a variety of options, such as rubber, steel, and polyurethane.

To put it in perspective, take track shoes as an example. Without the help of the spikes found on the bottom of a track runner’s shoes, they could face the risk of slipping on the track’s surface. The spikes on the bottom of the shoe help the runner safely navigate through the track, allowing them to finish their race efficiently and without falling. In the same way, tire chains help a driver maneuver better through snow and can decrease the likelihood of a vehicle swerving on a frozen road.

Tip #3: Use Sand

This final tip is incredibly simple but can be incredibly helpful. Spreading sand or salt on a driveway or street can help a car exit or arrive. This is especially true when a car is in a garage and has to exit; the combination of a driveway that is full with snow or frozen, along with the angle of the driveway can lead to a car slipping onto the road with little traction. Even if you press on your vehicle’s brakes completely, it won’t help very much if the tire’s grooves don’t have a grip of the road. For this reason, placing sand (or salt) where a vehicle’s path would be could a helpful hand in these conditions.

What Are Your Tips?

As you have probably noticed, even though the road can be covered by snow or ice, there are ways in which you can avoid being in an accident. The tips mentioned above are not the only suggestions available. In fact, there are many, many other tips for driving on the snow. What safety tips would you give someone who is unsure about driving on frozen precipitation?  Remember, drive safely!

Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas
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