Winter Driving Safety Quiz

January 12, 2018

winter driving quiz 2018
By now, your area has likely already been hit with a snowstorm or two, as well as freezing temperatures, slush, and icy roads. How prepared are you to drive in these dangerous conditions? Take our winter driving safety quiz to find out! Answer True or False to the following statements.

1. All-season tires provide the same advantages as snow tires when it comes to winter driving.

Answer: False

Winter tires have deeper treads and unique tread patterns designed to channel snow and ice out of the way for superior traction. In addition, winter tires feature special tread rubber compounds that remain flexible even in cold temperatures, allowing them to grip the road better than all-season tires.

2. Ice is more likely to form on bridges, overpasses, and low-lying areas.

Answer: True

While you should be on the lookout for ice at all times during storms and extreme weather, experts advise using extra caution on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas. Bridges and overpasses are hit by cold air from above and below, which causes road surfaces to freeze very quickly. Meanwhile, shaded areas do not benefit from the warming action of the sun, so they remain frozen much longer than exposed areas.

3. If it starts snowing when you’re on the road, you should speed up to try to make it to your destination before the storm worsens.

Answer: False

Driving in snowfall requires even more care and attention than usual, so you should slow down rather than speed up. It is also recommended that you turn on your headlights to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers and that you stick to main roads and thoroughfares whenever possible. If conditions worsen while you’re still en route, consider stopping at a rest area, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop until the weather improves.

4. You should keep an emergency winter breakdown kit in your vehicle at all times.

Answer: True

Even the newest vehicles are vulnerable to engine trouble, battery issues, and other problematic scenarios in winter, so it’s important to be prepared for the worst. A winter emergency kit containing water, safety reflectors, a blanket, nonperishable food items, gloves, a small shovel, a 10 lb. bag of kitty litter or sand, jumper cables, and other must-haves could literally save your life in a dire situation.

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