Tis the season for snow in Alaska! And while we may not be driving as much as we did, say a year ago, there are still some precautions to take to make sure you get where you’re going as safely as possible.

When there’s snow on the ground, here are five tips to follow for driving in Alaskan winter weather:

Prepare Your Vehicle

Before you head out into the snow, there are few ways to keep your car prepared to take it on! 

  • Restore your headlights. Cloudy headlights can mean less visibility in the Alaskan snow.
  • Clean your car at Sudzy Salmon! A clean vehicle free from the elements, road salt, and grime can help extend its use. 
  • Inflate your tires. Properly inflated tires and great tread can help you navigate the slippery roads during this time of year.
  • Use four-wheel drive if you have it!
  • Keep an emergency kit on hand. Should you have to stop or get stuck in wintery weather, it’s always best to be prepared. Keep a blanket, flashlight, snacks, water, and ice scraper in your car at all times.

Drive Slowly

Navigating wintery roads is more dangerous when you’re driving at a high speed. Slow down to put yourself in a better position if you or other drivers should lose control.

Brake Slowly

If you feel your vehicle starting to lose tread or need to brake for other drivers, do so slowly! Take your foot off the gas and allow your vehicle to slow down safely. If you can avoid braking altogether and roll until the light turns green, this will also reduce your risk of sliding. 

If you do start to slide, do not brake. Instead, turn the wheel into the direction the back end of your vehicle is sliding. Overcorrecting is what may cause your vehicle to spin.

Keep a Distance

Maintain a safe distance between your car and others while on snowy roads. This buffer zone will allow you to react safely and allow room to regain control should your car start to slide.

Be Careful on Hills

When trekking uphill in Alaskan winters, your car may have a little trouble maintaining traction. Always avoid stopping and accelerating when going uphill. Instead, when you see a hill coming up, start to use your momentum to get going. If you need to accelerate, do so very slowly.

We love living in Alaska, including the winter months, but remember these snow safety tips next time you hit the road! 

See you at the wash!

Sudzy Salmon Car Wash
13120 Old Glenn Highway
Eagle River, Alaska
Ph: 907-622-SUDZ (7839)
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