Driving in the winter can be a challenge, especially if you have to endure icy conditions or snowstorms. In either case, it's vital you're prepared to weather for whatever mother nature or your journey has to offer. Continue reading to learn a few winter driving tips you can use to stay safe. And if you're looking to upgrade your transportation, the team at Glockner Honda can and will help. Read on to learn more about our top winter driving tips.

Ensure You Winterize Your Vehicle

Before you hit the road, it's important you winterize your vehicle. Get started by ensuring your car is up to the task with proper fluids, functioning brakes, and fuel. It's most ideal to keep your tank at least half full at all times during the winter, especially if you're looking to take a long road trip. You should also make sure you've recently had an oil change and all other fluids in your vehicle are topped off prior to hitting the road in the cold. 

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

As the only part of your vehicle that actually comes into contact with the road, your tires are extremely important. And one of the last things you want to have to deal with during the blistering winter is a flat tire. Instead, you can take the proper precautions to reduce the likelihood of having a flat tire. For starters, make sure your tires are properly inflated. It's important to know that tire pressure tends to fluctuate as the temperatures fall.

Make Sure You Have Sufficient Tread

In addition to the pressure of your tires, you should also make sure you have sufficient tread. There are several different ways you can check the tread on your tires. One of the easiest ways is to use the penny test. To do so, simply insert a penny into the groove of the tire tread with President Lincoln's head upside down and toward you. In the event you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires. This means your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch. 

Is Your Battery Ready for Winter?

When the temperatures drop, your battery power does as well. For diesel and gasoline engines, it requires more power from the battery to get started in cold weather. If you have a hybrid or electric vehicle, the driving range will be reduced significantly when the battery is cold. Schedule a battery inspection with your mechanic to have them check your belts, charging systems, and make any replacements or repairs. 

Know Before You Go: the Weather

You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches by checking the weather before you embark on a journey. Although it's always a good idea to map out your route prior to leaving the home, it becomes exponentially more important during the winter and colder months.

Key Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Whether you're driving in the winter or summer, you should always wear your seatbelt. In the event you are ever in an accident, the seatbelt could be the difference between life and death. In addition to wearing a seatbelt, use the following tips for safe driving during winter. 

Slow Down

It should be obvious to slow down when snow accumulates. It's in everyone's best interest to slow down during winter driving. You never know whether a patch of black ice may be ahead. 

Decelerate & Accelerate Slowly

One of the most important tips you can use when driving during the winter is to ease into accelerating and decelerating. Quickly pressing the brake or gas while driving in snow could cause your vehicle to lose traction, which means you can lose control. It's best to keep calm, brake slowly, and carefully accelerate to prevent accidents.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Today, drivers are more distracted than ever with smartphones, state-of-the-art infotainment systems, and more. Even so, it becomes even more important for you to stay alert and focused on your surroundings. When you're driving in the snow or winter, this skill becomes even more important.

Just "Say No" to Cruise Control 

Cruise control is a very helpful feature, but when most people use cruise control they tend to become less focused on the road. And during winter or snowy driving, this isn't something you can afford to do. Because of this, keep the cruise control off when driving in winter conditions. 

Know Your Vehicle

Today, vehicles are safer than ever and include more advanced safety equipment. You should take time to familiarize yourself with the different safety features built into your vehicle. My Car Does What national campaign can help educate you on these safety features. Some of the most common safety features include technologies like: 

  1. Traction Control is a key feature that helps your car, truck, or SUV gain traction on icy, snowy, or wet surfaces. This feature can be especially important when accelerating from a slowed or stopped position or when you're attempting to go up a slippery hill.
  2. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) can help you perform emergency steering maneuvers by restoring traction to the tires that need it the most. ABS may pulse or vibrate when activated, but this is entirely normal. 

Contact Glockner Honda 

When it comes to finding the latest and most advanced safety features, the team at Glockner Honda can help. We offer an inventory full of vehicles that are equipped with state-of-the-art driver-assist features that can help you confidently drive during winter. 

Contact Glockner Honda today.


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