In Buffalo, the average first date of measurable snowfall occurs on November 8th, as reported by the National Weather Service. Additionally, the earliest ever measurable snowfall happened on October 6th in 1991. This means that in a little over three months (or potentially sooner), area residents will have to start thinking about winter road safety. Even though it may be difficult to think about now, preparing your vehicle for the 2019-2020 winter season during the summer can set you far ahead of the crowd.
Upgrade to a vehicle with winter-friendly features
The Weather Channel reported in late 2018 that weather-related vehicle accidents “contribute to a far higher number of deaths in the United States than large-scale weather disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding.” Having a vehicle that is specifically designed for winter weather can be the difference between a terrifying daily commute and a relaxed and safe drive. Features such as tires with advanced tread, high ground clearance, and four-wheel drive are recommended for those who live in snowy climates. Since vehicle buying can take some time, now is the best time to start the process of upgrading to a winter-safe car. When looking at the current safety ratings, several vehicles made by Ford have received positive reviews. In fact, the 2019 Ford Escape SUV recently received the NHTSA’s 5-star overall safety rating. Additionally, the IIHS also awarded vehicles such as the 2019 Subaru Crosstek Hybrid, and the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime, with top safety honors.
Brush up on winter driving techniques
Each year, Buffalo receives an average of 93.4 inches of snow. It’s no surprise, then, that many area driving schools specialize in winter driving techniques. In fact, there are now dedicated classes held across the nation that specifically teach winter weather driving techniques. After taking one of these classes, new and seasoned drivers alike can go into the coming winter months with extra confidence on the road. While signing up for specialty classes isn’t realistic for many people, drivers can instead brush up on safe driving techniques with literature from sources such as AAA or the NHTSA.
Stock your car with safe driving essentials
Once the cooler weather rolls in, winter weather car safety kits will hit the shelves. However, for those who want to prepare now, you can find much better deals on each of these items separately. Because these kits are often marked at a higher price point for convenience, common items that are included can be found in the summertime for a fraction of the cost. Take the time now to buy blankets, bottled water, hand warmers, mini shovels, gloves, and ice scrapers.
Before you know it, winter will once again arrive in Buffalo. Rather than waiting until the first snowfall in a few months to get prepared, doing so now will keep you and your family as safe as possible while on the road.