Winter Driving Tips

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice in the winter, driving can be a real challenge. Accidents are costly, even if they are minor, and often result in lost work time, missed appointments and expensive repairs. Making a few changes in your driving habits will save you money and time.

  • Drive slower. Allow more time to get to your destination, so you’re not in a rush.
  • Allow plenty of space between you and the driver in front of you. If you have to brake quickly, slippery pavement may prevent you from stopping in time.
  • Watch out for overpasses and bridges. They are often icy.
  • Turn on your lights. You may think you can see just fine, but other drivers may have difficulty seeing you.
  • Resist the temptation to use cruise control. You may not have enough time to react if a problem arises.
  • Always be aware of the cars around you. Even though you may be a great winter driver, others may not be so experienced.
  • If you get stuck in the snow, use a gentle rocking motion. Put the car into reverse, and lightly push the gas pedal. Then shift into drive, and use the same light touch on the gas. Check your owner’s manual to make sure there are no warnings against doing this.
  • If you are in deep snow, turn the car off and try to clear the snow away from the tires.
  • This article gives great information about the need for care in removing your stuck car, and will hopefully keep your vehicle out of the car repair shop. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/auto-repair-shops-reap-winters-bounty