It is important to keep you and your passengers safe when you drive. Part of this includes having a safe vehicle. Bringing your vehicle in on a regular basis can help improve the safety and efficiency of it. We can inspect the parts and components to ensure they are working correctly when you drive. There are also some safety driving tips that you should follow as you drive to ensure you have the best safety possible. It is important to remember to bring your vehicle in when you experience anything out of the norm with it. This can help prevent further and more costly issues from forming in the long run.

Inspecting Your Vehicle Regularly

Before starting out on a winter drive, make sure to do a quick inspection. This includes inspecting the windshield wipers, making sure that the wipers are in working order, and ensuring that each are free from ice build up. Also check the tires for proper inflation on each one, including the spare tire. Especially if the car has not been in a shelter, it is important to take the time to start your vehicle ahead of time. This helps to ensure that the windshield, side windows, and back window are free from ice and snow build up. If you do not have time to let the heater clear off the ice and snow, it is important to use an ice scraper to clean off the windows before proceeding with winter driving.

Be Aware of the Road Conditions

The most important thing to do while driving this winter is to slow down and take your time. Remember that the speed limit posted is meant for ideal road and weather conditions. Winter driving conditions are not ideal and it is recommended to drive well below the speed limit. Make sure to be aware of any dangerous weather situations that could be ahead on the road. If ice accumulates on bridges, make sure you slow down and are ready to cross bridges cautiously. You should not follow other cars too closely.  In normal conditions, three second car spacing is sufficient. In winter conditions, this time should be doubled or tripled. Safe driving distances should also be followed when the weather is poor or in icy conditions.

 

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