Whether you are going on a long road trip or just around the corner in your MINI car, severe weather can make driving not only intimidating, but incredibly dangerous. Drivers should keep in mind a few safety tips that will inspire confidence behind the wheel on the winter roads.
Before setting tire on a winter road, you should make sure that you are well-rested and your vehicle is prepared. Check your tires for proper inflation and that they are the right type for the terrain you will be driving on. If you park outside rather than in a garage, try and keep your vehicle’s gas level at over half full to combat gas line freeze-up. Likewise, you should avoid using your parking brake, as it can freeze and fail to disengage. It is preferable that you allow your vehicle time to warm up, but only with the vehicle outdoors.
Distracted driving is always a danger, but especially in wet or icy conditions. Drivers should always pay attention to where they are going and keep their eyes on the road. Cruise control can be a wonderful option to have in your car in any other season of the year than winter. We encourage our customers to never use cruise control in the winter. Acceleration and deceleration should also be performed slowly, and speed should be closely regulated to a slow rate while maintaining an eight to ten second following distance.
Take it slow and pay close attention to the road, and you will greatly decrease your chances of trouble. However, no one can predict what can happen for sure, so always travel prepared for the worst to be safe.
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