With winter officially right around the corner, a host of bad weather driving conditions are also on the way. Many people forget how to drive in the snow, ice and rain during the warm days of summer; however, when the first storm of the season takes place, they are brutally reminded of winter driving habits they should be using. Here are 10 winter driving tips to ensure that you and your car are ready for the seasons ahead:
Check your tires
Good tires are essential when driving through the elements. The amount of tread still left on your tires is responsible for getting you through the deep snow and rain. If the grooves of your tires are worn down to the tire wear bars, then it may be time to purchase new tires.
Snow tires are nice during the cold season, especially when you live in an environment that experiences heavy snowfall. Those with rear-wheel-drive cars should consider purchasing these tires as they add more weight to the back of the car. This weight may prevent the car from skidding.
Pack an emergency kit
Assemble a bag full of essentials you may need in case of emergencies, such as jumper cables, tire chains, a working flashlight, blanket, first aid kit, ice scraper, and stable snacks.
Check your windshield wipers and fluid
Make sure that the blades on your windshield wipers are in good shape. You certainly don’t want to be caught in a winter storm only to find out that your windshield wipers aren’t working. Since they are so inexpensive, many people simply replace them at the beginning of every winter season. Also, be sure to check your windshield wiper fluid to ensure you have enough. Dirty snow, rain, sand and road salt can dirty your windshield and you may find yourself desperate for windshield wiper fluid.
Reduce your speed
Speeding through harsh weather conditions causes a majority of car accidents, resulting in injuries and fatalities.
When traveling during the winter, make travel plans that include an alternative route. Check to see what the weather will be like and take the appropriate items, such as an umbrella, ice scraper or shovel, to get you through your trip. Make sure that you leave early enough to give you plenty of time to reach your destination.
Schedule a comprehensive check-up for your car.
Take your car into a reputable dealership to check the following:
Avoid using cruise control
This is especially true in snowy or icy conditions.
Beware of black ice
Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze quicker than normal roads. Drive cautiously and always assume that there is ice built up on the roads.
Always wear your seatbelt. Although this rings true for the entire year, it bears repeating. Seatbelts are lifesavers.
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If you do become involved in a car accident, take your vehicle into an automobile collision repair shop right away. They can fix the damage and have your car looking like new in no time. Badell’s Collision has two conveniently located shops in Aston and Malvern, PA, with a third location coming soon to Wilmington, Delaware! Click here to get your free estimate!
Stay safe on the roads this winter by following our winter driving tips.