Winter Driving Safety
Every year we hear about tragic incidents where people die as a result of winter driving conditions. It is a tragic fact that more people die on the roads during harsh winter weather. Slick roads, limited visibility and extreme cold are just a few factors that make winter driving so dangerous.
Driving safety should always be a priority, but in the winter, there are a few extra precautions you should take. Below are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this winter.
Get your car serviced now. If a tune up is due, get it done. Check your battery and charging system, as many charging systems that work well in the summer, often struggle in cold weather. Be sure to check your antifreeze levels and make sure your back window defrost system is working. Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure. Pressure drops in cold weather… 1 pound for every ten degrees! Low tire pressure will significantly limit your car’s handling and increase the likelihood of accidents.
Inspect your windshield wipers. You will never need them more than now, so make sure they get the job done. Replace them if immediately if wipers cause any visibility issues. If you live in a place with heavy snowfall, Winter Wipers are very helpful. These “hard core” wipers keep ice and snow from collecting on the blades. That means better vision and less time in the morning scraping windows.
Keep your tank full. There are two times I insist on a full tank… when driving through Death Valley and in the winter. The winter is one of the worst times to be stranded as extreme temperature pose a real threat to survival.
Stock your car with winter driving supplies. There are a few things I recommend carrying in your vehicle this winter:
Slow down. If in doubt, take it slow. You may not get there as fast, but you will get there in one piece!