Winter Driving Tips
- Winterize your car! Make sure your vehicle has had its winter service maintenance. This includes filling up all fluids and having the brakes inspected. It is also best to keep your fuel tank half full during winter- but especially important during long road trips. Make sure to have your oil changed and that all other fluids have been topped off.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. No one wants to get stranded with a flat tire, so be sure to properly inflate your tires because the tire pressure will fluctuate as the temperature changes.
- Always wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives.
- Slow Down! When the snow starts to accumulate it is best that everyone slows down because you never know when you might hit a patch of black ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Mashing your foot on the gas pedal, or brake, while driving in snow can cause your car to lose traction and you to lose control.
- Do not use cruise control. Using cruise control while driving in snow or on ice could easily lead to an accident. The cruise control can keep you accelerating and since your foot is off the petal you won’t notice.
- Make sure you are prepared- keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. In the emergency kit, you should have flares, a jump starter, blankets, water, and snacks.