With winter upon us, American Car Center is asking you to be our safety partner by doing your best to keep yourself safe on wintery roads this season. With some planning, you can remain collision free and enjoy the best of your destination. Previously, we summarized preparing your vehicle for snow and ice, now let’s discuss essential driving guidelines for winter road safety.
Wear comfortable clothes as bulky clothing can restrict your movement, making it harder to check your blind spot. Heavy or wet boots may also hinder proper pedal control.
Check the weather forecast and road conditions often so you know what to expect before leaving for your destination.
Keep a full tank of gas to help to reduce moisture in the fuel system and to add extra weight.
Clear ice and snow from your vehicle, including the roof and lights. Flying ice and snow is dangerous for others on the road. Wait for foggy windows to clear before proceeding.
Slow down and drive according to the road conditions around you. Give yourself extra time to arrive safely.
Pay attention to the road surface; asphalt should appear grey-white in winter. If it looks black and shiny it could be covered in ice. Shaded areas, bridges, and overpasses freeze sooner than other sections of roadway.
Give extra space because stopping on icy roads requires greater distance on which other drivers may be unfamiliar or unpredictable.
Look out for pedestrians and cyclists whose own visibly may be lessened by the elements.
Keep well back of snowplows and never pass one in operation for sightlines and visibility around them is very poor.
Avoid cruise control on slippery roads as it reduces reaction time and vehicle control.
Steer gently and avoid quick acceleration and hard braking especially on curves in the road. Sudden moves may lessen your control. When driving uphill try to maintain a constant speed as momentum is helpful.
Should you skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to steer too far as your vehicle could spin.
Getting about in winter requires patience and composure but following some simple road-tested principles should allow you to get the most out of the frosty time of year. Partner with American Car Center to travel safely this winter – don’t delay, come right away to drive away from one of our convenient locations an outstanding winter-ready car or SUV with a 3-year/30,000-mile limited warranty, oil changes included. The King of Credit wants to approve you today!