Winter Driving Tips

 Winter Driving Tips

 Driving in winter, particularly in mountain terrain, is different than driving on dry roads during warm weather months. Taking a number of precautions can make a big difference on how the journey unfolds. Trips to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding are well worth it. These “smart driving” tips will help you get there and back and also help with driving in your own backyard.

 Winter-driving tips.

 Ice or snow buildup can impede one’s ability to see, so it is important to remove all ice and/or snow from all car windows, the windshield and the washer fluid nozzle. Build up can also prevent the washer fluid nozzle from dispensing fluid.

 Let he defroster run for a few minutes before moving the car. This will help ensure that the windshield washer fluid is defrosted.

 Keep the defroster on while driving to prevent the windshield wipers from freezing.

 Be cautious when braking. Allow for extra distance on slipper roads.

 Accelerate gradually and avoid sudden maneuvers.

 Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

 Keep the front defroster on low to help keep road salt from solidifying on your windshield.

 Make sure your windshield washer dispenser has plenty of fluid before you depart to and from your destination. Know where you keep your reserve supply.

 Pay attention to road condition advisories and updates and heed restrictions.

 Avoid driving when fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before starting a trip and quit your activity before you get too tired to drive home.

 Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

 Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid water condensation in the fuel lines.

 If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold and snowy weather.

 Remember to fasten seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

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