Driving Safe in Winter
Driving safe in winter can often be intimidating and difficult, but do not worry, we’ve composed a list of the do’s and don’ts for driving in winter.
First and foremost, PREPARE your vehicle for winter by having a mechanic check the following:
- Hoses and fan belts
- Spark plugs
- Air, fuel and emissions filters, and PCV valve
- Tire wear and air pressure
- Antifreeze level and freeze line
Once you’ve made sure your vehicle maintenance is complete, your next step is to consistently check weather forecasts and sign up for weather alerts via text messages, but PLEASE DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE!
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
- Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
- Always look and steer where you want to go.
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
The most important thing to do in winter driving conditions is to pay attention, do not have secondary distractions while you are driving, and keep both hands on the wheel. We hope these tips help you feel more prepared for winter. Be safe and have happy holidays!
TeamSecundy – RE/MAX Properties Inc.
Brad Secundy 719-339-2233
Tempe Krieger 719-310-3339
Megan Youngwerth 719-237-0633
Molly Berndt 719-428-9907
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