Stay On The Ground and See Clear Ahead With These Winter Driving Tips

Temperatures have dropped, and snow and sleet are on their way. With winter in full effect, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the hazardous driving conditions ahead. From your tires to your windshield, here are a few tips and reminders before driving your vehicle in inclement weather this season.

Traction on the Ground

Driving confidently on slippery roads begins with gaining the best traction possible. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread on them to get you through the winter. For your vehicle’s correct tire PSI, check your owner’s manual. When temperatures fall, it affects your tire’s pressure. For every ten degree drop in Fahrenheit, your tires can lose 1 PSI. When they are not properly inflated they will not gain the best traction possible. 

In addition to tire pressure, if your tires have less than 50 percent of tread left on them, then it’s time to replace them before slippery conditions arrive. If your daily commute involves windy turns and steep hills, you may want to consider having snow tires placed on your vehicle as well. Your vehicle’s ability to grip the road is important when driving during snowy and icy conditions.

Seeing the Road Ahead

With snow falling and ice pelting your windshield, your visibility can be limited. To maximize your ability to see, make sure your windshield wiper blades are up for the job. Not every windshield wiper blade is designed to handle snow and ice, not to mention they should be replaced about once a year. 

If you gained a crack in your windshield from your summer road trips, it’s important to replace it. As temperatures drop and the cold sets in, the crack in your windshield can worsen and limit your visibility even more.

Always Store More

While nobody plans on getting stranded on a closed roadway, it’s always important to be prepared for any situation. Be sure to store an extra pair of clothes, a blanket, and ready-to-eat non-perishable food in your car. In case your car gets stuck itself, keep a non-abrasive substance like non-clumping kitty litter and a small shovel in your car. Other items to keep on hand include an ice scraper, jumper cables, and a first-aid kit. 

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