Tips for Driving in Winter Weather | Christian Brothers Automotive, East Wichita
While driving should always be done with the utmost attention and care, driving in winter weather emphasizes this more than many other conditions. It is estimated that winter driving conditions, such as snowstorms and icy roads, are responsible for nearly half a million crashes every year—and while there is no way to fully prevent a winter crash, being prepared is a must.
Below, we will discuss some of the top tips for driving in winter weather so you can be as safe as possible.
Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips
Winterize your vehicle. Before the weather turns too cold, it is smart to work with your mechanic to schedule a winter-specific maintenance check-in for your vehicle. This will ensure that your tires, tire pressure, car battery, belts, hoses, oil, brakes, wipers and heating system are all prepared for the winter ahead so you do not have any unwelcome surprises in the frigid weather.
Stay home when possible. While staying home is certainly not always an option if things look icy outside and you do not have essential tasks to do, staying home is a great way to stay safe. While learning how to drive in bad weather is important, avoiding risk entirely is always recommended.
Avoid any sudden movements. As you accelerate and decelerate your vehicle, be sure to do so gradually to avoid creating conditions favorable for slips and slides. Take your time with each driving maneuver and increase your following distance of other vehicles to avoid any uncontrollable mistakes on the road.
Keep your car prepared. In case of a roadside emergency, make sure you have everything you need to ensure you are able to stay comfortable and safe as you wait for help to arrive. Try to keep your car above half a tank of gas, be sure you have a flashlight, flares and nonperishable foods in your vehicle and ensure you bring plenty of water on each drive you embark upon.
Do not warm up your vehicle in enclosed spaces. It is tempting to start your car and warm it up before you head out, but if you park in a garage, this is not recommended. The exhaust pipe can release harmful carbon monoxide into the air, which is especially dangerous in a closed space.
If you need to schedule a check-up for winter, do not hesitate to give us a call! We can perform a complimentary service check on vehicles of all makes and models. Schedule an appointment today.