GENESEO – The sun finally comes and the snow begins to melt. You’re driving down the road to grab your groceries and out of nowhere a giant chunk of debris bounces from the rear of the vehicle in front of you and you must make a split second decision.
Driving in the wintertime is difficult enough as it is, and when you throw a 40 pound chunk of hardened rock salt brine into the middle of the road all hell can break loose, and actually create a very dangerous situation.
“The best thing to do when approaching these rock salt debris in the road is to always be aware, check your mirrors, anticipate slowing down, and safely swerve out of the way,” said Rob Clark, Owner of Drive Safe Driving School, based in Conesus. “Since 60% of all accidents are caused by rear-end collisions, it is best in the winter to always increase the space between you and the cars in front of you.”
Rock salt debris that gets caught in your wheel well can effect your cars performance by limiting its steering ability and by putting pressure on its tires causing the car to shake when accelerating and decelerating.
It’s best to knock off the debris completely before driving on the road but according to Clark, if at all possible, swerve to a safe area instead of striking the debris where you could potentially damage the steering or a wheel and loosing control of the vehicle.
PHOTO CAPTION: Salt Debris in the Road (Photo/Sean Russel)