Even if you’re a seasoned motorist, winter driving poses a challenge to even the most experienced drivers.
Review the tips below to ensure you’re prepared for everything that comes your way on the road this winter.
- Try and install your winter tires after the first snowfall of the year and remove them in the spring.
- Be aware of your driving conditions and slow down! Driving slower increases traction in slippery conditions.
- Braking too suddenly or too hard can cause skids and your wheels to lock; if you start to skid, remember to look in the direction you want to go and do your best to steer in that direction.
Keep your gas tank half-full or more to avoid fuel line freezing.
- Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit with warm clothes, basic first aid supplies and flashlight.
- Be sure to clear all the snow and frost off your vehicle before driving – this includes headlights and the roof of your car!
- Check the tire pressure in your vehicle at least once a month, or more often if you can! Tires lose 1-2 pounds of pressure for every five-degree drop in temperature.
See CAA’s resources for even more information about how to prepare for winter driving.