The Ultimate Guide to Winter Driving
Winter is upon us, and that means poor driving conditions. Read on for some quick tips to ensure safety while driving in winter conditions:
- Invest money into winter tires! They are proven to provide significantly better traction once temperatures drop below 7 degrees celsius. This means you will have much better control and shorter stopping distances. Not to mention, switching to winter tires means your all season tires will have an extended lifetime.
- Another tire tip: Make sure to consistently check the air in your tires. Ideally they should be checked monthly.
- The typical following distance of 3-4 seconds is not enough time in the winter. Increase your following distance to 8-10 seconds to ensure you have enough time to stop.
- Ensure your gas tank is always kept at around half full to avoid having your gas line freeze up.
- Check your exhaust pipe before you start driving. If your exhaust pipe is clogged while your vehicle is running, carbon monoxide gas can leak into the passenger compartment.
- Speaking of carbon monoxide, do not warm up your car in an enclosed space. Running your car in a place such as a garage will cause a buildup of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
- Make sure you are fully alert while driving! This is especially important during the winter months, when driving conditions are poor. Driving while tired or after drinking will cause you to have slower reaction times. If you know you need to drive, get a good night's sleep the night before, arrange for another alternative of transportation, or stay at home.
- Are you going on a road trip during the holiday season? Don’t use cruise control while you are driving on a slippery surface. It is important you have control of your vehicle while driving on wet or icy surfaces.
- To regain traction and avoid skids make sure to accelerate and decelerate slowly. This means taking your time to start moving and to slow down for stoplights.
- And this last tip is probably a bit obvious, but make sure to always wear your seatbelt! You never know when your vehicle might spin out of control.
We hope these tips have helped you. Have a safe and happy holiday season!