Fall and Winter Driving Tips 2014
It's that time of year again for wet and icy road conditions. It's important to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your family and those around you safe this season.
Fall and Winter Driving Tips
Prevent Problems Before They Happen
- Keep your tires properly inflated.
- Rotate your tires.
- Make sure you have a 4/32 inch tread depth to avoid skidding and hydroplaning
- Do not hit the brakes if you skid; take your foot off the gas, hold the steering in place and lightly apply the brakes. Not driving an automatic? Push in the clutch and let the car slow down.
- High quality tires will give you the best traction and increase fuel efficiency.
- Make sure your windshield wipers are working efficiently. They shouldn't leave streaks.
- Check your brakes to ensure even braking.
- Your vehicle needs a fully charged battery in order to start in the freezing weather. Get your battery posts cleaned, check the charging system and belts to avoid getting stuck somewhere. It's important to replace weak batteries before they fail.
It's Getting Darker
- Make sure all of your headlights are working and are aiming properly.
|Emergency Items Checklist:|
|Windshield scraper and snow brush|
|Extra windshield washer fluid|
|Flares and matches or lighter|
|Tire chains and gloves|
|First aid kit|
|Shovel and traction mat, sand or kitty litter|
|Flashlight and extra batteries|
|Battery jumper cables|
|Extra clothing and footwear|