Get ready for winter driving before another snow storm hits.
- Get your car tuned up
- Get your brakes, battery, fluid levels, and exhaust system checked
- Make sure your heater and defroster are in good working order
- Replace your wiper blades
- Carry emergency supplies--- sand, salt, shovel, snow chains, snow scraper, booster cables, blankets and flashlight.
Of all the things you can do to make winter driving less stressful, giving yourself a little more time is the most important. More time to get to and from where you are going and plenty of time to stop on the road. Going slower is the key to safe driving on slippery roads.
The biggest hazard of winter driving is slippery roads--- caused by ice, slushy snow, rain or oil and grease that have built up on the roads. Another hazard is visibility, so keep your headlights on and make sure your windshield is clear. When winter conditions happen allow yourself plenty of stopping space and time to avoid skidding into another vehicle, which should be 3 times as far as when driving on dry pavements. Reduce the danger of an accident by driving slowly and by pumping your brakes as you slow down, rather than holding them down. Use lower gears on slick surfaces and test your brakes frequently. If you find yourself beginning to skid, DO NOT BRAKE; instead, take your foot off the accelerator and gently turn your car in the direction you want your front wheels to go.
To sum it up: keep your car in top shape, allow extra time and space on the road, and listen to weather forecast or stay safe and at home if possible to avoid the winter driving.