It might not feel like the unseasonably warm weather we have been having this fall, but winter is around the corner. And very soon the temperatures will plummet and we will see an increased chance of both snow and ice on our roads. Icy road conditions can add extra obstacles for drivers during the winter. In this article, we will cover a few driving tips that can help keep you safe on the roads this winter and can prevent damage to your vehicle.
Don’t Drive If You Don’t Have To
The first and most important tip when it comes to driving during the winter is to avoid driving during storms. When there is a blizzard warning or heavy snowfall, it is recommended that you stay off the roads if possible. Snowfall can greatly impact visibility, and fresh snow can make driving much more dangerous. Give your town time to plow the snow before taking to the streets. If you do need to drive for any reason, make sure to take it slow and try to avoid accelerating or decelerating too quickly. This can prevent skidding.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Prepared for The Winter
Right now during the fall months, there are a few things you should check before the first snowfall. Make sure to check your battery as batteries can easily die during the winter. Consider changing out your tires for winter tires. If you use all-season tires make sure to do a quick tire inspection to see if the treads are too worn down. You will need all the traction you can get on icy roads. Check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary.
How To Drive Safely In The Snow
Before driving, make sure to remove any accumulated snow from your car. Do not simply clean your windshield as snow on the roof of your car can shift and fall behind you (potentially making driving conditions worse for drivers behind you) or can fall forward onto your windshield. Avoid using tools like cruise control when driving on wintery roads. You want to make sure you have complete control over the speed of your car.
Schedule a Brake Inspection
One of the most important things about driving in the winter is stopping power. If your brakes are damaged, or your brake pads are worn down, driving in the winter can be exceedingly dangerous. Make sure to bring your car in for brake repair, or brake pad replacement before the winter months start. If you notice decreased stopping power in your vehicle or spongy brakes you should make an auto repair appointment as soon as possible.
Schedule An Auto Appointment in Everett
If you need your car serviced in any way before this winter, why not schedule a quick appointment with the team at Everett Transmission. Our team would be happy to look at your brakes, help with replacements, and make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter months.