Winter is arguably the most hazardous time of year to be out on the road. If you’re out driving in winter, here are some tips and tricks for avoiding getting yourself into trouble when slick roads and extreme temperatures are involved.
…Get a comprehensive routine check-up on your vehicle. Make sure all fluids are topped off or replaced, and have your service tech fill up your tires, too.
…Have your battery tested to make sure it’s at max capacity. Low temperatures reduce its functionality.
…Keep your gas tank half-full. You never know when you’ll need fuel for an emergency.
…Have jumper cables on hand at all times.
…Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
…Drive if you don’t have to, especially if there’s snow or ice on the ground.
…Stop. If you can, avoid stopping on hills, and perform rolling stops when possible. If your vehicle comes to a full stop on ice, it’s difficult to get rolling again.
…Take sharp or fast turns.
…Blindly trust other drivers. If you assume other drivers are competent on hazardous roads, you put yourself at risk of getting hit.
Be careful when driving in winter. If you follow this advice, you’ll be prepared for taking on most hazards during the colder months of the year. If you do need to prepare your vehicle for winter’s worst, stop by Gary Wood CDJR as soon as possible.