Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Weather

A vehicle coated with a sheet of ice

Each season can present challenges on the road, and this is especially true of winter. The colder months bring sleet and ice, which can be hazardous if you are not careful on the road. This season be cautious as you drive on the streets by adhering to these tips for driving in the winter.

Be Prepared

Before you even get on the road, it is important that all the essentials in your car are taken care of. This means that you need to check that your battery is fully functioning, that you have a full tank of gas, that your car has windshield washer fluid with a winter solvent, and that there is plenty of engine coolant that offers anti-freeze protection. Make sure all of your tires, including the spare, has the right amount of air pressure and good tread. It is darker in the winter months, so also check that your lights are bright and functioning properly. You will also want to store an emergency winter kit in your vehicle that contains important items such as jumper cables, ice scraper, a flashlight, blankets, extra warm clothing, cell phone charger, etc.

Be Aware of Black Ice

The secret enemy on the road during the cold winter months is black ice. It is not always easy to spot black ice on the road. If you see ice accumulating on other surfaces, then assume it is on the road and drive with care.

Stay in Your Lane

It is best to not make any unnecessary changes while on the road, no matter what time of the year you are driving. This is especially true when driving in rough winter conditions when it is more difficult to see. Now, sometimes you need to change lanes, especially if you are about to take an exit. However, when possible, stay put in the current lane you are driving in on the road.

Create Space

The roads can be slick during the winter, making it difficult to stop on a dime. For this reason, you should create space between you and the car in front of you. You cannot always know when they are going to put on their brakes. When they do, you can avoid colliding into their rear by leaving space between your vehicle and those in front of you.

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Stay at Home

When in doubt, especially if the weather is extreme, you simply need to stay home. You may be an excellent driver, even in rough conditions, but you cannot really rely on your ability against the weather and other drivers on the road. Therefore, stay home. It may be simple, but you cannot run into trouble on the road if you are not on the road.

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