Winter Driving – 10 Things You Should Know

Winter Driving – 10 Things You Should Know

Driving in snowy, icy conditions can be stressful and dangerous. This winter, avoid driving when you don’t need to; however, if you have to get somewhere, take the following precautions to keep your vehicle in good shape and ensure you get where you are going safely.

  1. If you warm up your car before leaving, don’t leave it in an enclosed area, like your garage.
  2. Make sure your tires have good tread and are inflated to the desired amount.
  3. Always have at least a half a tank of gas to prevent the lines from freezing.
  4. Don’t drive if you are fatigued. Exhaustion can reduce concentration and reaction time.
  5. Pay extra attention when driving in poor conditions. Don’t take your eyes off the road; you never know what hazards could appear suddenly.
  6. Drive slowly to keep control of the vehicle. Accelerating, stopping and turning all take more time when driving on snow or ice.
  7. Leave about eight to 10 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you room if you need to stop abruptly.
  8. Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery roads.
  9. Wear your seat belt at all times, even if you are just driving a couple blocks.
  10. Keep an emergency kit in your trunk at all times.

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