The snow is falling, holiday cheer is in the air, and colder temperatures have moved in; yes, winter has officially arrived. Winter driving can be one of the most intimidating experiences for both new and seasoned drivers. We recommend the following winter driving tips to help make your everyday winter travels safer:
– Never warm up your car in a garage or other enclosed area. The trapped carbon monoxide gas can cause serious consequences for your health.
– Gas is a liquid and as we all know liquids can freeze. Be sure to keep at least half of a tank of gas in your car to avoid gas line freeze up.
– Be sure you are driving with properly inflated tires.
– Avoid using cruise control when driving on icy or snow covered roads. If you happen to skid, your car will accelerate as its tries to maintain whatever speed you have the cruise control set at, causing you to lose control of the vehicle.
– Always use your seatbelt. This should be a no brainer and you should really be wearing your seatbelt at all times, but especially during the dangerous driving conditions of winter.
– Try not to use your parking brake in snowy weather if possible.
If the weather is severe, use your best judgment to determine if you need to leave your house. Even the biggest trucks and four-wheel-drive vehicles can be defeated by winter weather, so if it seems dangerous to drive, just stay home.