Christmas may be over, but there are still plenty of weeks left of winter. Most people who have grown up in colder climates know how to handle snow and ice, but still, it doesn’t hurt to review a few helpful winter driving tips before heading out in snowy, icy weather.
Know Your Car
Modern cars are designed with all sorts of features to help drivers in various weather conditions, from intelligent all-wheel drive to anti-lock brakes. Before you hit the road, make sure you know what your vehicle has and how to use it.
Practice Good Maintenance
Now more than ever you should be aware of tire pressure, fluid levels and your vehicle’s battery condition. Properly inflated tires with good tread will get much better traction on slippery roads. Car batteries should be monitored as they are more likely to go dead in cold weather. And, if you should for some reason be stranded, you’ll want to have plenty of gas in the tank to keep the engine running and keep you warm. Knowledge of how to fend for yourself and handle vehicle service issues, such as flat tires or spin-offs, can be highly beneficial during this season of hazardous conditions.
Take It Slow
As a general rule, you should do everything more slowly in extreme winter conditions. Accelerate slowly, drive slower than normal and avoid slamming on the brakes. These habits will keep you in better control of your vehicle.
Should any emergencies arise while driving, be sure to have an action plan set in place to help you approach the situation quickly and safely. Our Hyundai Assurance program can have your back in times of need as well! No matter the condition, stay alert and focused while driving, and keep your passengers in mind, regardless of the road conditions.