Winter Weather Driving Tips
To prepare for tomorrow’s potential snowstorm, Manchester Honda wanted to provide you with some winter driving tips to keep you safe on the road. Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. It’s important to remain cautious while driving in winter weather.
Prepare your Vehicle
Before you even think about driving in winter weather, you should inspect your vehicle. No one wants their car to break down in any season, but especially not in cold or snowy winter weather. Make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition by getting service check-up. To prepare:
- Check your tires and check your tire pressure.
- Get a winter maintenance check-up. Don’t wait to check your car’s battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, heater/defroster and your windshield wipers.
- Fill up your tank. Don’t let your tank fall below half a tank on winter driving trips.
Don’t Leave Home Without
If you are planning to travel in winter weather, make sure to pack essential items in case of an emergency. Being prepared if you find yourself stranded can safe your life until help arrives.
- Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack
- Jumper Cables
- Phone Chargers
- Shovel-in case you get stuck
- Bag of salt or cat litter for better tire traction
- Tool kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Reflective triangles/ road flares
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Blankets, gloves, and hats
- Nonperishable foods
Winter Weather Driving Tips
To stay safe on the road in adverse driving conditions, you first need to know your car. Every vehicle handles differently, which is more apparent when driving on wet, icy, or snowy roads.
- Before driving your vehicle, remove snow, ice or dirt from your windows, forward sensors, headlights, tail lights, backup camera and other sensors around your vehicle.
- If road conditions are very hazardous, avoid driving if possible. Wait until road and weather conditions improve.
- Drive slowly. It’s much harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered road. On the road, increase your following distance enough so you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles in front of you.
- Avoid driving when you’re fatigued. Get the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
As you can see, there area a lot of things to keep in mind during the winter driving season. If you have any questions about your vehicle or preparing your vehicle, give us a call. Manchester Honda also has a number of All-Wheel-Drive vehicles like the CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Ridgeline that provide better traction in all types of weather.