Winter Driving Tips
When driving this winter, make sure to use caution, especially if the roads are ice or snow covered. The winter weather conditions can change rapidly, so make sure to stay alert to the weather and allow extra time to reach your destination incase you encounter poor conditions.
It is also recommended to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way you can help be prepared if you have to brake or stop suddenly. It can also help decrease the chance for an accident to occur. Typically there should be a three second delay between you and the vehicle in front of you. In winter or if the roads are poor, that distance should double or triple. Also make sure that you drive at a speed you are comfortable at.
The visibility when you drive can be accomplished by keeping the headlights clean and free of any snow or ice build-up. If there is snow, sleet, or rain in the air, this can cause a decrease in visibility, even if it is daylight out. Clean and functioning headlights are not just important for you, but also for others. This way you can help to have others see where you are at as well. Also make sure that the lights are adjusted properly.
The battery may start to drain and fail in the winter. This is because the colder temperatures can do damage to the battery. It causes the battery to not operate at full efficiency. Also inspect the battery to make sure the cables and terminals are in good condition. They should be free of any corrosion, rust, or debris build-up. A sign of a battery issue is if the vehicle is slow or hard to start.
The vehicle should also be inspected to make sure that the antifreeze and other fluids are at the level they should be at. This can be determined the reservoir of each of the fluids. Also make sure the windshield washer fluid is up to the designated amount. It is also recommended to keep a container of fluid in the trunk of your vehicle as well.
The tires should be inspected for the condition they are in, and that they are free of any bulges or blisters. Also check the air pressure of the tires. If you are unsure of what the pressure should be, you can find it in the vehicle owner’s manual. The proper amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. If you notice a decrease in air pressure in your tires, make sure to bring the vehicle. We can inspect the tires for you to see if there is any damage or the tires need to be replaced. Having a reliable vehicle can help prevent issues and improve the safety when you are on the road.