Winter brings a host of hazards on the road, from ice and snow to freezing temperatures. Nevertheless, there are a number of precautions you can take to better stay protected as you drive. Keep these driving tips in mind as you traverse the road this season.
Keep a roadside emergency kit
You should keep a roadside emergency kit inside your vehicle in case you’re stuck on the road during including a snowstorm. Your kit should include first aid supplies as well as water, food, warm clothing and blankets, a glass scraper and a flashlight.
Prepare for low temperatures
While ice and snow tend to be thought of more as road hazards, low temperatures can also affect your vehicle by causing your tire pressure to dip. As such, you should check that your tires are properly inflated before hitting the road. You also don’t want to end up running out of gas on a frigid day, so be sure you have more than enough fuel in your tank while on the road. If you warm up your vehicle, do so in an open area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Be cautious in the snow
If you need to drive on a snow-covered road, it’s important to take it slow and not slam on the brake or gas pedal. You also want to maintain a following distance of at least five to six seconds to give yourself more time to come to a complete stop. However, don’t stop if you are able to safely avoid doing so since it can be difficult to begin moving again after a full stop. Instead of stopping, attempt to slowly roll to a traffic light when possible.
We at Clarksburg Mitsubishi hope you and your family stay safe on the road this season. Stop by our service department if you are in need of any repairs or maintenance to better handle the road.