Winter Driving Tips
Winter is here and NOW is the time to prepare your vehicle for driving during snowy and icy conditions.
- TIRES – Are your tires properly inflated and do they have sufficient tread depth? Some people believe an under-inflated tire will give you better traction on the roadway. That isn’t accurate. A properly inflated tire that has plenty of tread depth will hold the road better than an under-inflated tire. Also, consider changing to winter tires as they are made with a different rubber compound that has been shown to grip snowy and icy roads better than all-season tires.
- LIGHTS – Verify your headlamps, turn signals, brake lights and other lights are all working and use them during inclement weather. Turning lights off is not only dangerous, but it’s illegal.
- BRAKES – Be sure to have a mechanic check your braking system for proper function. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes and begins to slide, do not pump your brakes as that can cause your tires to lock. Just hold your brake pedal and turn out of the skid. Also, leave extra stopping distance between you and the vehicles in front of you for when the unexpected occurs.
- SLOW DOWN! During snow and/or ice, plan on extra drive time to reach your destination so you can drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions.