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Winter Weather and How it Effects Travel

Tips on driving in Winter Weather

Posted: Feb 12, 2021 5:58 PM

“ The cold weather has arrived here in Acadiana and as we go throughout the next few days even colder weather is expected; even the possibility of some wintry weather. I talked to local experts about how this could not only impact your car but your commute.

When the temperatures fall, driving becomes more difficult whether that is the actual commute or even getting your car to start. But, what is the number one issue that most people see?

“Tire pressure or tire lights. Everyone thinks that they have a flat tire when really it is just like 2 pounds low; that is the most common thing.”

Tim Bernard, a manager at a mechanic shop in Lafayette says that amongst the more common issues, frozen windshield wiper fluid and the lack of antifreeze are also things that could cause issues as temperatures get into the 20’s and teens.
He also says that when it comes to ice there are some misconceptions on how to get it off your car.

“ You know a lot of people use a defrost… it is better to use cold water, do not use hot water on your windshield or any glass. Another common thing is the wiper blades, people try to use them when they have ice and that just kinda destroys the wiper blades.”

When it comes to driving not all winter conditions are equal and Lisa Cochran a local driver instructor says that the upcoming weather could be particularly dangerous.

“Right now what we are looking at is precipitation, then freezing temperatures which is one of the most dangerous things that can happen. If it snows you can see that , if it rains and then freezes, you can’t see that.”

When roads become icy it is easy to lose control and begin to spin your vehicle, driving carefully and knowing what to do if you begin to spin is important.

“Lower your speeds at least 10 miles per hour below the speed limit… what you don’t want to do is freak out and then and everybody is going to do that. You don’t want to break to hard because you are going to continue to spin in either direction or move straight ahead. Let off the accelerator and actually tap it; that will bring you back into line.”

The big takeaway is take the correct precautions before heading out in the cold weather over the coming days. From Lafayette I’m Storm Track 15 Meteorologist Cory Smith.”

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