Winter Clothing for Safe Driving
Winter official starts Saturday, December 21, and lasts until March 9, 2014 in North America, but for most of us, winter is already here to stay. There have been several snowstorms that have swept across the country, leaving drivers cold and having to deal with wintry conditions.
Driving in the snow and ice can be a harrowing process, especially for those drivers in southern regions who are not acclimated to the conditions.
In addition to remembering how to rock a parked car out of snow or how to steer through a patch of ice, drivers should also think about their choice of attire.
When the temperature drops, we all begin to bundle up, layering on heavy layers of sweaters and coats to try and keep the cold out, but these types of clothes may be hurting your ability to safely drive.
Bulky top layers like puffy down jackets, thick sweaters, and sweatshirts can restrict the movement of your shoulders and arms. This restriction can make turning the steering wheel difficult, especially when quick action is necessary.
Another piece of attire to consider in the winter is your footwear. Most of us switch to boots for added traction in the snow, with thick soles and additional insulation. The problem while driving is that the additional layers around your feet change the feel of pressure that you give the gas and brake petals.
The loss of sensitivity can play a factor when approaching icy roads or turns. Hitting either the accelerator or brake can change the momentum of your car, causing a skid.
Keeping a change of shoes handy could be the simple measure that could help you avoid a traffic accident this winter season.
Gloves, similar to shoes, can limit mobility and sensitivity. Thin leather gloves should be enough to keep your hands toasty and able to keep a firm grip on the wheel.
With these tips for how to dress for winter driving, hopefully getting around this winter will be warmer and safer for us all.