It’s always smart to get a winter tune-up—before winter arrives. Tires, batteries, belts, blades, and fluids will all be checked or replaced to maximize your car’s performance and safety, during the most challenging months on the road.
To avoid accidents or sliding altogether, never exceed the speed limit. When driving in snow or in freezing conditions, reduce the car’s speed to allow time to react.
If you do hit snow or ice, brake gently, in other words, brake in a slow and steady manner. If the vehicle begins to ‘lock up’ and slide, take your foot off the brake and simultaneously downshift.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
If in an accident, dial 911 to get help or to call for roadside assistance. Do not continuously run your vehicle’s engine. If you are stranded, run it about every 30 or 60 minutes to get heat in the car.
Keep the following items with you in the trunk of your vehicle: