Whether or not you’re used to driving in the snow, it never fails to be an intimidating task. But driving in bad weather doesn’t have to be a challenge. When you want to be the safest you can be during winter driving, it really comes down to two rules.
Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best when the roads ice over. You need to get your vehicle—and yourself—ready ahead of time. Check to see that your tires have good tread and enough air in them. Make sure your battery doesn’t need replaced and that your fluids are all topped off. Cold weather makes older batteries die sometimes, and can also cause problems in low gas tanks. Plus, you’ll want to have plenty of windshield wiper fluid in stock when the roads get salty. If you need any of these things done to your car, South County CDJR can take care of it for you.
As for preparing yourself, one of the best things you can do is sit down with your owner’s manual. Read about your car and any of its drive-assistant features like anti-lock brakes or all-wheel drive. Make sure that you’re familiar with these and know how to use them before you test them out on the icy roads.
Slow, Slow, Slow
When it comes to the actual driving, “slow” is the key word. Start slowly, stop slowly, and drive slowly. Avoid slamming on the brakes as much as possible, as this can cause you to lose control of your car. As long as you take it easy, stay calm and give yourself plenty of room between you and other cars, you’ll be able to stay in control of your vehicle and gently correct any errors for safe driving in the snow and ice.