Winter is almost here and that means driving can be hazardous and stressful. Snow, ice and even blizzard conditions increase the normal dangers of everyday driving. There are a few things you can do before the winter driving season to protect yourself and your family.
Winter Driving Tips
Before winter arrives, have your car inspected to be sure it is ready for the road conditions. You can do this yourself or take it to a qualified mechanic to check:
- the battery
- wipers and fluid
- oil level
- heater and defrosters
Install tires that are appropriate for the driving conditions, good tread is important, consult your local department of transportation to find out if there are specific tire requirements. Need more tips? This Winter Driving Guide will help you prepare for the upcoming season.
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Don't forget to pay attention to the weather forecasts and road conditions before you head out on your next road trip. If the weather is bad, stay home if at all possible. If you must venture out, travel in the daylight. You are more likely to find help if you get stuck during the day. Take it slow, especially in icy conditions; don't tailgate and be sure to allow a safe distance between vehicles.
I hope these tips will help to safeguard you and your family in the upcoming winter driving season.