Winter driving can get scary, especially when weather conditions are less than ideal. From sleet to icy driveways, it’s important to understand the hazards you might face as a winter driver in southeastern Indiana.
Winterize Your Vehicle
In addition to regular vehicle maintenance, you should take some time to prepare your automobile for winter. Consider winter tires, especially if you travel frequently in wintry conditions. Check the cooling system to be sure that it is in good working order.
Both battery power and tire pressure drop as the temperature dips, so test your battery and check tire pressure. If you haven’t replaced your wiper blades recently, check them and add wiper fluid that is rated for cold temperatures. In winter months, keep your gas tank at least half full; this will help prevent the gas line from freezing. Your car emergency kit should also be restocked.
The best advice for winter driving is to always allow yourself extra time when traveling. If the weather looks iffy, try to avoid traveling unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do find yourself driving in wintry weather, avoid using cruise control and make sure to accelerate and brake slowly.
Allow more distance between you and other vehicles on the road. If you end up in a skid, steer in the direction of the skid so that you won’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane when the wheels regain traction.
If visibility is very limited, pull off the road to a safe place. Don’t drive until the conditions improve. Do not pull off onto the road shoulder unless it is an emergency.
Want to learn more? Check out this winter driving checklist.
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