If you live in an area of the country that experiences winter weather conditions, you know that getting on the road when there is snow, sleet or a wintry mix is risky business. The experts at Clarkstown International Collision have a few tips to help keep you safe on the roads this winter:
- Winterize your car before the end of autumn:
- Test your battery; battery power drops as the temperature drops
- Make sure the cooling system is in good working order
- Have winter tires with a deeper, more flexible tread put on your car
- If using all-season tires, check the tread on your tires and replace if less than 2/32 of an inch
- Check the tire pressure; tire pressure drops as the temperature drops
- Check your wiper blades and replace if needed
- Add wiper fluid rated for -30 degrees
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze
- Keep a flashlight, ice scraper and/or snow broom handy
- Keep an emergency kit stocked in the car. We love this handy portable car jump starter which also doubles as a quick charge for your cell phone or laptop.
- AAA offers the following driving tips:
- Avoid using cruise control in wintry conditions
- Steer in the direction of a skid, so when your wheels regain traction, you don’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Do not slam on the brakes! This will make the car slide quickly.
- Increase following distance to 8 to 10 seconds
- If possible, don't stop when going uphill
If extreme conditions like a whiteout occur, pull over into a parking lot or safe space where you can wait safely until conditions improve. Avoid pulling over into a shoulder as other cars may not be able to see your vehicle there. Remember, the best way to avoid an accident in winter weather is to stay home if possible!