Driving in the winter weather elements can sometimes be tricky and present a challenge. You will want to make sure to adjust some driving habits so your drive is safe and reliable. Another recommendation is to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. We can help to make sure the coolant levels are at the correct amount, the tires are in proper condition, and the brakes are working well. When driving this winter, always make sure you are aware of the weather situation. Allow for extra time to reach your destination by leaving earlier. Also make sure to reduce your speed when driving. You should drive at a speed that you are comfortable with and can maintain control of the vehicle. Also remember to give the vehicle in front of you extra space. Braking on snow or ice covered roads requires more distance and time. Try to stay at least eight seconds behind a vehicle on poor roads to allow a safe distance.
Make sure all the windows are clear of snow and ice. Also check that the defroster is working efficiently so it can help to remove moisture from inside the vehicle. Not only should the windshield be cleaned, but also all other windows and the side-view mirrors of the vehicle. This will help improve the visibility when you drive, so you can see those around you.
If you are stopped and have to regain acceleration, step on the accelerator slowly to avoid sliding or spinning the tires. This can help to regain traction when power is needed for the vehicle. Also, since it takes longer to slow down on icy roads, make sure you stop further back than you typically would. A longer, slower stop can help to avoid skids or accidents. When driving on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, make sure to use caution. These areas of the road are most likely to freeze first as precipitation falls and temperatures freeze. When driving on slippery and snow covered roads, never use cruise control. You will want to be able to respond immediately if the vehicle starts to lose traction and cruise control can decrease the time of an immediate response that is needed.