Three Tips For Driving Safely This WinterDecember 3, 2020 3:20 pm
Winter weather is approaching fast, and if your car or truck is unprepared, you could find yourself stranded on the side of the road or even a victim of a crash during some of the harsher weather. Regardless of whether your area gets snow, rain, or even just slightly colder temperatures, you need to do your due diligence to prepare for the changing seasons. If you want to learn more about how you can get your car or truck ready to take on the winter weather, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our friendly and helpful DIY experts will help you get all the parts and tips you need to take on any project. Here are three tips to help you stay safe and secure on the roads all winter long.
Be Careful Where You Brake
We’ve all heard of the threats of black ice and how unpredictable the roads can be, but the reality is that there are more threats than just ice during the winter. Leaves and water on the road can be almost as hazardous as ice, and if you notice any pooling or flowing water in your area, make sure that you reduce your speed accordingly. It will take more time for your vehicle to come to a halt during these conditions, so make sure that you leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Leaves and water can also obscure the lines on the road, making it much easier to drift into other lanes of traffic. Slow your speed, provide more space between you and other vehicles, and try not to harshly brake on snow, ice, water, or leaves.
Adjust For Snow & Rain
Wet and snowy roads are extremely slippery, and if you are expecting serious rain or snowfall, you need to change out your tires to match the coming conditions. Ask one of our experts at your local U Pull And Pay to make sure that your vehicle has the correct tires to handle the winter weather. If you don’t have the right tires, changing them out is a straightforward process.
Other than tires, you need to do your part to avoid hydroplaning by reducing your speed and using your low beams or fog lights in foggy conditions. Using bright lights in heavy rain or fog can actually reduce your visibility and make it difficult for the vehicles in front of you to concentrate on the road.
Inspect Your Vehicle
Above all else, you need to make sure that your car or truck is mechanically prepared to handle the cold temperatures and coming weather. Make sure that you take the time to inspect your tires, battery, wiper blades, electrical systems, heater, filters, and fluids. By taking the time now to get ahead of these potential issues you can easily help stave off potential issues and accidents.
If you would like to learn more about how you can keep your vehicle safe in even the harshest winter conditions, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling