It’s that time of year again – when the temperatures drop below freezing and severe weather warnings are imminent. As the weather continues to change, winter driving safety is crucial to keep in mind, and driving defensively becomes more important than ever. Here are a few tips to help you drive safely this winter:
- Warming up your car’s engine before driving – just make sure you aren’t doing it in an enclosed space, like a garage.
- Keep up with routine maintenance is especially important when preparing for the winter, but one of the most pressing issues is your tires. Tire pressure decreases faster in lower temperatures, and good traction is key to minimizing slipping on icy roads.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full during the colder months. Having low levels of gas in your tank can cause freezing along the gas-line.
- Keep an eye on weather reports in advance so that you are prepared for bad conditions.
- When driving in bad conditions, coast to a stop as much as possible without using your brakes, and accelerate slowly. Don’t try to force your vehicle up hills without getting a running start, as accelerating quickly uphill will only cause your wheels to spin.
- As an added precaution, make sure you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle and always have your cell phone charged.
- When in doubt, just stay home.
Winter driving safety is only one aspect of staying safe in bad conditions, but keeping roads safe in bad weather conditions is part of keeping not only yourself and your family, but also your community, safe overall. Let us at MINI of Pittsburgh know what you do to drive safely in the winter time in the comments below or on our Facebook page.