How to drive during the winter
Now that your car is completely prepared for the winter, your chances of running into bad situations are minimized, and you’re ready just in case something unfortunate were to happen. But what about maximizing your chances at avoiding things altogether? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there. Read this final installment and you’re going to know how to take care of your car, and how to drive during the winter.
For starters, I’ll give you a few tips to keep your car in working condition through the winter and make sure it’s still in tip top shape come spring. From time to time, you should check the nozzles on the hood of your car that spray your washer fluid. Sometime ice can freeze them over, and you won’t be able to clean off your windshield. Using a small pin to clear it out usually does the trick, but double check before heading back on the road. You should also make sure that your whole car is cleared of snow before driving, as you want to maximize your visibility while driving. Just wiping off your windows isn’t usually good enough, because snow on the hood can start to blow up blocking your vision once you get moving. Make time to push all the snow off your entire car and you’ll be much safer.
Keeping your tank full of gas is another smart move. As I said in yesterday’s column, the cold can make some gas disappear and you’ll run out faster than you might normally. Running your tank empty at any time is bad for it, but especially during the winter. You should also make sure to get a car wash periodically through the season, as the salt used to keep roads safe can damage your paint. It also might be a good idea to listen to the radio and plan your trips before going, to make sure that you know exactly where you’re going and that it’s a safe way to go.
The most important thing to remember when driving in winter conditions is to pay attention. Make sure to watch where you’re going and what’s around you, and make sure your lights are always on. Next, make sure to do everything gently. Accelerate slowly and with care, don’t turn too fast, and brake with care. But at the same time you can’t drive too slow. If you have any other questions about preparing your car for winter, you can feel free to give us a call and we’ll make sure you know what to do.