Winter Driving Safety
What is seemingly the longest time of the year, can also be one of the most dangerous for drivers. Everyone talks about different ways to be prepared for winter driving, but a lot of it comes down to knowing your vehicle. The weather can be unpredictable during the colder months, so with your driving habits and care and knowledge of your vehicle, you can improve your winter driving experience.
There are multiple ways to prepare your car (and ultimately yourself) for the uncertain months still ahead including:
- Understanding how your car behaves in the snow.
- Make sure your tires have good tread and are properly inflated given the temperature changes.
- Check your exhaust pipe to make sure it’s clear.
- Pack your trunk with emergency supplies.
Another aspect to take into account when the winter weather strikes is to plan your trip with common sense. Although beautiful, snow flurries can become quite dangerous with high winds and prolonged snowfall. Along with giving yourself ample time to travel, consider following these tips as well:
- Don’t warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area.
- Ensure your cellphone is fully charged and bring a car charger.
- Monitor the weather conditions before you leave for your trip.
Lastly, always drive extra carefully in winter weather. Vehicles handle differently in snow and ice, and it’s often better to be on the cautious side when driving in harsh conditions. Tips for adjusting your driving habits in the winter can include:
- Driving slowly.
- Leaving more distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Knowing your route and being on high alert.
- Being alert to animals.
For more information and tips on how to best prepare yourself for winter driving, check out iii.org’s article on winter driving preparedness.
For any help with preparing or maintaining your car, visit your local Chevy dealer and don’t be afraid to ask questions! We’re here to help you and your Chevy vehicle get home safely day after day.