How to Prepare for Winter Driving

Winter is a beloved time for many of us. We have the holiday season to look forward to, the crispness of the chilly air, and of course, the chance for a winter wonderland as snowy weather is always a possibility in the weather forecast. With snowy weather, however, comes snowy (and icy) road conditions which represent a serious danger to anyone who must be out and about when the winter weather hits. Although it’s best not to travel at all in snowy weather, as long as one takes the necessary precautions, you can ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

Here are 5 ways in which you can prepare for winter driving to help keep you and your family safe when you must venture out this winter:

  1. Check the oil-The last thing you want when weather is bad is for your car to breakdown. Make sure to check the oil (as well as other vital fluids) and change if needed and consider choosing a viscosity that is more suitable to cold weather conditions.
  2. Make sure those bulbs are bright-Snowy conditions affect visibility, so make sure all your car’s headlight and taillight bulbs are working perfect so other drivers can easily see your vehicle.
  3. Inspect your tires-When winter driving is a must, ensuring your tires have plenty of tread and are inflated properly is VITAL to your safety. If they need replacing, replace them at once and keep in mind that cold weather can affect tire pressure so check that frequently as well.
  4. Pack an emergency kit-Before venturing out in winter driving conditions, make sure to pack an emergency travel kit in case you do become stranded. A flashlight, jumper cables, emergency flares, a warm blanket and a first aid kit are a must to include.
  5. Use extra vigilance when driving-One way to help you stay safe while driving in winter weather conditions is to drive accordingly. This means to slow down, allow plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you, and use signals when turning early enough so that drivers behind you can see you will be slowing down. Caution and vigilance will help keep you safe.

With a little cautious driving and some due diligence concerning your car’s maintenance, you can stay safe and drive incident free this winter weather season!

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