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Check Your Car, Tires Before You Go Winter Driving

Multiple news agencies have indicated that drivers everywhere are facing winter storms and that, to prevent accidents and keep your loved ones from being involved in accidents, you should follow certain key driving tips in order to make it safely to your destination while winter driving.

Experts say that sometimes, drivers get caught in a storm’s clutches. To prevent long waiting hours in the cold, drivers should stay home if they do not need to go out but, if necessary be, remember to ensure your tires are prepared for facing the harsh road conditions ahead before you hit the road.

Before driving, ensure your vehicle is ready to hit the road by clearing off all of the snow before you get going. If snow has fallen since you last parked your vehicle, brush it all off carefully, ensuring all windows, roof and mirrors are completely clear. Visibility is important, especially during heavy winter driving. “Peephole driving” should not be an option.

To ensure your windshield cleaner is efficient, use a winter-grade windshield cleaner in order to avoid the a reduced visibility caused by the salt crystals used to clear the roads after snow storms. Ensure the winter-grade fluid you’re using is resistant to freezing temperatures before you use it.

While on the road, in order to avoid accidents, drivers are asked to always accelerate slowly and reduce speed while traveling. By accelerating slowly, you avoid wheel spin, which could increase the risk of an accident. If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, try to start in second gear in order to avoid a quick and abrupt acceleration.

Vehicles traveling on roads that are slippery should remember that tires lose their grip easily, which could affect the driver’s ability to react and drive safely. By maintaining a low speed while on the road, drivers are able to avoid accidents by being able to react faster in case of a slippage.

Motorists are also encouraged to allow a longer braking distance while traveling on slippery roads. Plan on braking sooner than you would usually in case you need extra room to maneuver. Pressing the brake pedal in a gentler manner could also help to avoid crashes. By being gentle, you avoid a wheel lock down, which could cause the vehicle to slide or even skid, increasing the risk of an accident.

When winter driving, motorists should perform one action at a time. When turn, avoid braking or accelerating and so on. By performing one task at a time, you maintain control of the vehicle more easily, which could help you to avoid an accident.  Before turning, apply the brakes slowly while the vehicle is going straight, then allow it to turn, without pressing the brakes.

Remember that all safety technologies in the world won’t make you safe enough if you do not make use of safe driving techniques.

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