The winter seasons brings a unique set of driving risks. Consider these tips from 1-800-Radiator & A/C franchises to stay safe on the roads this winter.
Check the weather
Before driving, check the weather to make sure the road conditions are safe for driving. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid driving in severe weather conditions, such as a snow or ice storm. If you’re driving long distance, pull over at a rest area in the event of a storm.
Drive with caution
Snow, ice and sleet make the roads more slippery than usual. Drive with extra caution to avoid an accident. Maintain a safe speed and leave a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Additionally, avoid cruise control when driving on wet or slippery surfaces. You need to maintain complete control over your vehicle, especially in winter conditions.
Maintain your vehicle
Don’t skip out on routine vehicle maintenance. Perform the necessary maintenance tasks and repairs to ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape and prepared for cold weather driving. Check the tire pressure at least once a month and keep your tires inflated to the proper level. Underinflated tires can reduce traction, increasing your risk of an accident. Also check the tire tread, battery, heating system and windshield wipers. Ensure your wipers are properly clearing your windshields and maintain an adequate level of washer fluid and anti-freeze.