Winter Driving Tips

Driving in winter can be intimidating. Most of us still have to get to work, take the kids to school and more, even if roads are a little slick. There are steps you can take to prepare for winter driving.

Here are some things to remember:

  • Check the condition of your battery. Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) take a toll on it.
  • Make sure your gas tank is at least half full and more if possible. Condensation can form in the empty part of your tank. In cold temperatures, this can potentially freeze your fuel lines and cause your vehicle not to start.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Clear snow and ice from all your windows so you have good visibility.
  • If driving in slick conditions, proceed slowly. This is especially important when you are accelerating or decelerating to avoid sliding.
  • Give the driver in front of you some extra space. This gives you more time to react if emergency maneuvers are needed.
  • Always try to keep your vehicle moving when going uphill. Starting on a slick hill can be treacherous.

The condition of your tires can also make a big difference. Tires with deep tread provide better traction on wet and snowy roads. The grooves help your vehicle grip the surface, making it easier to start, stop and turn.

A little extra care goes a long way with winter driving. By having your vehicle ready for the weather and giving yourself a little extra time, you’re taking the right steps for safe winter travel.