Everybody likes to joke that other people in their area forget how to drive when the first snowflake falls. While that is a bit of a hyperbole, it’s no exaggeration to say that winter weather often leads to more accidents, and many of them could be prevented by a trip to the auto mechanic shop for some preventative maintenance. Since winter is officially here, let’s brush up on some tips for driving safely in winter weather.
Regular vehicle maintenance that checks your oil and fluid is a must, but you should also have your auto mechanic shop check the tread on your tires and your wheel alignment in preparation for winter weather. If your tires are worn out and don’t have enough tread, they are more likely to slip and slide. If you can afford to change tires seasonally, get winter tires; if not, get all-weather tires. You should also keep an eye on tire pressure during the colder months since it drops by 1-2 lbs for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the temperatures dip. When driving in bad weather, keep the radio down or off so you can hear the sounds that the tires make on the road during different driving conditions.
Tires play a huge role in how your car drives and stops, but there is no stopping without the brakes. Have your brakes checked as part of your seasonal maintenance and every time you get an oil change. While driving, apply slow, steady pressure when you need to brake – try not to stomp down on them, especially in slippery conditions. If you’re pressing the brake and it feels like it pumps on its own, that is your anti-lock brake system. Finally, remember to take it slow in slippery conditions and leave plenty of space for braking.
Dead batteries are a hallmark car problem of winter, so when you’re getting your seasonal maintenance done, have them check your battery and alternator as well to make sure everything is in good shape.
Clear Your Car
Finally, remember to clear your car of snow and ice completely before you drive. Snow or ice that flies off can damage other vehicles and cause accidents, and any left on the roof or mirrors can keep you from being able to see clearly.
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