What You Should Know About Safe Winter Driving

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There is only a few months left in the winter season which means that drivers only have to deal with the snow and icy road conditions for a little while longer. Recently, we have seen below zero temperatures in the northeast region, which can cause serious issues to your vehicle. Keeping up vehicle’s maintenance year-round is important to make sure that your car is running properly during the worse times of the season.

During the winter season, the conditions of your vehicles’ tires become even more important. Tire pressure should be checked monthly. Cold weather temperatures can lower your car’s tire pressure. Also, inspect the tread of your tires for depth to protect you from wet driving conditions and snow traction. Here are 7 additional driving safety tips to keep in mind when driving this winter.

1)    Brush off Excess Snow: Before driving in your vehicle after the snowfall, take the time to brush off any excess snow from your car. Pay extra attention to the roof of the car and scrape off as much snow as possible.

2)    Avoid Wheel Spin: Accelerating too fast from a standstill driving position can cause wheel spin. Accelerate at a lower gear to reduce the potential of wheel spin.

3)    Drive slower: Wheels lose their grip more easily in slippery conditions. Keeping driving speed down will allow the driver to react to slippage and possible collisions.

4)    Increased Brake Distance: Braking can become a serious issue due to slippery road conditions. Increase the brake distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you to prevent a collision. Also, use less pressure on the brake pressure.

5)    Avoid locking your wheels: Having your wheels locked can increase the risk of your car sliding or skidding. Most modern cars have an Antilock braking System (ABS), but if your vehicle is older and does not have an ABS system, gently stepping on the brake pedal in a pulsing motion can prevent your brake from locking.

6)    No Sudden Actions: Sudden driving maneuvers such as hard braking or quick turns can interrupt the dynamics of the car when in motion. Slowly transfer the weight of the car when making sharp turns or braking.

7)    Four Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive: The benefits of having four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive will allow you vehicle to have extra traction when accelerating, but they do not give you any advantage when braking or taking a corner.

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