Top Safety Tips for Winter Driving
Winter is just about here and that means winter weather will be coming with it. Driving in bad weather is never fun. But you can keep yourself safe on the roads by following some important driving tips. The number one thing to remember about winter driving is to be cautious. Slowing down and being more attentive to other drivers and the conditions around you will play a major role in your safety. Here are some other important safety tips for winter driving.
Driving in Cold Weather
When driving in cold weather you should keep some cold-weather gear in your vehicle. It’s a good idea to always carry some extra warm clothing, blankets, food and water, and a flashlight when driving in cold weather. And add anything else you think would be handy to have if you got stuck somewhere.
You should also make sure your tires are properly inflated and that the tread is in good condition. Never let your fuel tank get lower than half a tank. If you warm your engine before driving, be sure to do it outside in an open area. And never use cruise control if the roads are slippery.
Driving in Snow
If you can avoid going out, then just stay home. That’s the best way to stay safe in snowy conditions. Unfortunately, many people do have to drive in these conditions. If so, the number one rule is to drive slowly. You should accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid losing traction and the ability to stop. It’s a good idea to increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. This gives you more time to brake. Speaking of brakes, make sure you know how they respond in snowy and icy conditions.
Try to avoid stopping if at all possible. If you can slowly role instead of stop this helps prevent you from getting stuck. Don’t try to power your way uphill and keep your speed low going downhill. Use studded tires or traction devices if needed, and always carry them in your vehicle in case you need them.
Long-Distance Winter Driving
When you have to travel long distances in the winter you should prepare ahead of time. First off, make sure your vehicle is in top shape before you go anywhere. Getting a tune-up at our Vancouver auto repair shop is a good idea. Always check the weather reports before you leave so you know what to expect. Make others aware of your plans so if anything happens people will know where you were headed. If you do get stuck always stay with your vehicle. Stay warm but conserve your fuel as much as you can.
Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter With Hoesly Automotive
Winter driving conditions are full of surprises. You never know what you’re going to find on the roadways of the Vancouver/Portland area during this time of year. So make sure you know how to stay safe. Be sure to follow these winter driving tips every time you head out, so you always make it where you’re going safely. And if your vehicle needs any maintenance or any kind of auto repair, then come see us at Hoesly Automotive. Just call us or click here to set up an appointment online.
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