Winter driving, fun for some, a little scary for others. Here are 8 tips to help you make it through this winter as confidently as possible.
- Be prepared – keep a blanket, boots, gloves and a flashlight in your vehicle. A bag of kitty litter is always handy, it could help you if your tires are spinning and need grip.
- Nothing beats a set of maintained wipers in a blizzard or sleet storm, and make sure your washer fluid is topped up, you don’t want to be that person on the side of the road throwing snow on your windshield to clean it off!
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full, this can prevent your fuel line from freezing up when things get really cold.
- Take your vehicle to your service technician and have them look at your battery & coolant system. Older batteries & weak antifreeze might not protect as well in cold weather & can actually cause damage to your vehicle when it’s not running.
- Understand how your breaking system works. If they’re anti-lock brakes don’t pump them, instead press firmly on the brake pedal and let the system do what it was designed to do.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to break suddenly on a slick surface.
- Winter tires are very strongly recommended… they are designed with snow and ice in mind & we have snow and ice on our roads for 5-ish months.
- If you really aren’t very comfortable driving during the winter, you might be interested in taking an advanced driving course that teaches emergency driving skills… give yourself the confidence you need to get to your destination safely.
At Bennett GM, we are committed to providing you with service excellence in our first-rate GM service department in Cambridge.