Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter isn't over

We know you wouldn’t rather drive in the awful winter weather over a beautiful, sunny, summer day. If you don’t have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, sometimes the roads can make for a difficult challenge as you adventure out in a snowstorm or drive to work on ice covered streets. It’s always good to remind yourself to travel safe. We’ve collected some winter driving tips that are important to read over and remember that while some of these tips might seem like common sense, keeping them in the front of your mind can be most helpful in the most dangerous situations.

1.    Snow Tires
Make sure the tires you have on your vehicle are made to help grip on to packed snow and ice. Bad tires can lead you to losing control of your vehicle more often than having good tires that are meant to trek through anything.

2.    Tire Pressure
Cold temperatures tend to decrease your tire pressure. Check your tires in frigid temperatures and make sure they have enough air. Pressure that is either too high or too low can damage your tires.

3.    Use your signals
From time to time, we all forget to use our blinkers as we are changing lanes. Signals are necessary in any driving situation, especially when the weather is bad and your vision is impaired due to snow, or any type of precipitation.

4.    Wait it out
Sometimes, AWD or not, it’s just not safe to go out. Really think about your venture. Do you absolutely have to drive somewhere? Is there any way you can wait until the storm has passed or until your road has been taken care of by your city? Life happens, we all have to get to work, pick up our kids at school, but if you’re just venturing out to get groceries, it might be better to wait it out.

5.    Pull over

Have you ever been in a snowstorm that you literally can’t see past the hood of your car? Don’t stop abruptly, that could easily cause an accident. If you can’t see, that’s code red to pull over slowly with your hazard lights on and call for help. Sometimes, it’s just not worth the risk to be out on the roads.