The harshest season of the year has arrived and if you haven’t been hit with freezing cold winds, ice, and snow yet, there’s still time left to freshen up on proper winter driving etiquette. Driving during winter is unlike any other season and taking to the road unprepared poses more dangers than ever. Here are a few winter driving tips and tricks from us here at Gjovik Chevrolet. Stay safe this winter!
Service – One of the best ways to avoid any mishaps on the road is to keep your car in peak operating condition. That means getting all of the regular maintenance, like oil changes and battery checks, out of the way. Make sure to have your tires inspected for any defects or potential problems. The last thing any driver wants is to be is stranded in the snow!
Slow Down – Driving in winter is unlike hitting the road in any other season. Everything takes longer, which can make speeding around turns a major hazard. Make sure to leave early and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Fuel Level – Experts suggest keeping your fuel tank at least one-third to halfway full to avoid any problems with the fuel pump or lines. While it may seem like a hassle, more gas means there’s a greater chance your car will start in the icy cold weather!
While many people out on the road are excellent drivers, there are plenty of people who motor around like they never went to driving school. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you drive, you have to be thinking about everyone else on the road too. Here are a few tips for driving safely.
Use Your Turn Signals
It may seem a bit elementary, but there are a lot of people out there who simply do not use their turn signals. Just like there are communication breakdowns when talking with people, there are communication breakdowns on the road which can lead to accidents.
Driving over the speed limit on the highway can be tempting, but speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents. In reality, going over the speed limit might only get you to where you’re going a few minutes early, so don’t risk your life and the lives of those around you for those few extra minutes.
Don’t Text and Drive
This one can’t be stressed enough. There is no text worth taking your eyes off of the road to read, so just wait until you get to your destination to read your texts and respond. If it really can’t wait, invest in a car that has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
As technology improves, we get safer and safer. However, it’s still important that you follow these few simple rules on the road.