Winter roads are the worst, so Kindle Auto Plaza wants to remind you of some tips to do when you have to venture out in this cold weather. Also remember just because the road might look clear, be careful because ICE is usually undetectable.
Winter Driving Tips
- Get your car serviced to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter.
- Get tires properly inflated and never mix radial tires with other tires.
- Never warm up your car in the garage or any other enclosed area, hazardous.
- Wear your seatbelt every time you are in a car.
- Make sure your gas tank is always at least half full because the gas line can freeze up.
- Never drive if you are tired.
- Always pay attention to the road, look and steer the direction you want to go.
- Never use cruise control on any slippery road.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly- take your time.
- Be careful when braking, keep your heel on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply pressure on the brake pedal.
- Avoid hills.
Tips for long-distance winter trips:
Driving long distance in the winter is the worst! So please be prepared by watching or listening to the news, plus download a weather app so you can foresee any issues. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, it is always a good idea to let others know your route and estimated arrival time. Make sure to have extra clothes, a cell phone (prepaid), blankets, gloves, food, and water packed just in case.
If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Never try to walk in the storm, you might get lost and not be able to get back to the car. Stay there and tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or window to let others know you are in distress. You can also keep the dome light on, it only takes a small amount of electricity plus others will be able to see you easier. Keep your body insulated with blankets and other items in the car. If you are in deep snow, then you will need to clear the area around the exhaust pipe if the car is running because that could cause deadly gas leak right into the vehicle if the pipe is blocked.