The most important elements of safe winter driving are being prepared, staying in control and staying alert. This winter, follow these three tips to remain safe on the road.
Winterize your car.
Winterizing your vehicle includes an oil change, fluid check, tire swap and general maintenance. You want to ensure that your fluids are full, including your gas tank. It is important to keep your gas tank at least half full during the winter to prevent freeze ups. Avoid being stranded with a flat tire by having your tires filled and rotated or, ideally, by putting winter tires on. Winter tires will give you the best traction when driving in winter conditions. Lastly, have general maintenance performed. This includes a check up of the battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater and defrost system and wipers.
Drive for the weather.
One of the most important things you can do while driving in the winter is to watch your speed and drive for the weather. When you are headed out the door, leave early so you can slow down on the roads. One thing about winter driving is you never know when there will be a patch of ice ahead. Accelerating and decelerating slowly prevents you from spinning out, running stop signs and causing accidents. Remember that every city block or even mile on the highway can bring different conditions, so drive for the conditions ahead, not the condition you are in.
Stay alert behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents. Year-round, but especially in the winter, it is important to drive free of distractions. This includes using your cell phone, switching the radio station, eating a meal, or helping your kids in the back seat. Avoid using cruise control. Cruise control can cause you to have a lack of control should you hit ice, have an animal cross the road or you need to make a change. Always pay full attention to your surroundings when winter driving to ensure safety.
If you are in need of vehicle repair this winter, we invite you to bring your vehicle to BG Automotive today!