Are you & your vehicle prepared for winter driving?

December 19, 2013
By: Ali Vollmer

The tips below can help you prepare for those slippery streets ahead.

Winter Ready Tires - Winter tires are specifically designed for, well, driving on snow.  Shocking, isn’t it?  These are ideal to put on your vehicle during winter months.  However, if you don’t change your tires for seasonal purposes, at least get them checked by a trained professional to see if they need to be replaced.

Brake Slowly - The best thing you can do driving on snow and ice is brake slowly.  Give yourself plenty of time to stop.  If you have to brake abruptly, don’t freak out and don’t pump your brakes. 

Use the Air Conditioning - We know it seems weird but matching the temperature outside is key to keeping your windows clear. 

Have your “just in case” items available - Jumper cables, blankets, antifreeze are all good things to keep in your trunk.  No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road, but having emergency items just may save you in that situation.

If all else fails, use common sense when driving this winter.  If you think you might be following someone too close… probably are.  Back up and give them some room. 

Drive safe and soon enough, it will be spring again!