Extra Time is Needed in the Winter



During the winter you will need extra time when you get up in the morning to get ready to leave. Typically there will be frost on the windows of your vehicle. There could also be snow and ice that can occur, depending on what the weather was during the night. You will want to make sure you allow extra time so you can scrape and brush off your vehicle. Doing so can improve your safety and visibility when you are driving. By allowing extra time, you will not feel like you are in a rush and forget to scrape a window of your vehicle.


By brushing off everything that is on your vehicle, including snow and ice, you can see better. This is because if you are driving with loose snow, it can blow up onto the windshield and impair the visibility of the road. There is also a chance that the snow can blow off onto vehicles that are passing you. This can also cause an accident. The driver could unexpectedly loose visibility and cause an accident or go into the ditch. If a chunk of ice slides off your vehicle at another one, it can cause damage. The ice could crack, chip, or break the windshield of a vehicle.


When you get ready to leave, you can help the vehicle to warm up by starting it. Turn it on defrost and it can help warm up the windshield from the inside. This will also help you to have a warm and comfortable interior, as you get ready to drive. If you have rear defrost, turning that on will help warm up the rear windshield. You will want to have the visibility to see behind you as you drive. This can alert you for those who are around you, and might potentially be ready to pass you on the road as well.

Clearing the Windshield should be a Priority


One of the most important things you can do is to make sure you are clearing the windshield and other windows before you drive. This will improve the visibility in front of you. Clearing the windows will also help you to be aware and see those around you. If a window has snow or frost build up, you will not be able to see if someone is beside you. This can lead to an accident if you need to switch lanes or turn quickly. If your vehicle has a rear windshield wiper, you will also want to make sure it is loose so it can operate.

The washer fluid should also be checked. This is beneficial if you need to clear any smudge marks or slush off the windshield. It is always recommended to have extra washer fluid in the back of your vehicle or trunk. This way, you can refill the reservoir if you run out at an inconvenient time. When you check the washer fluid, take a few extra minutes to check all the fluids. You can even check the oil to make sure it is in the proper condition, as well as amount. If you do notice a fluid is decreasing or leaking faster than others, contact us. We can inspect the fluids and see what the issue is.

As you get ready to drive, get up a little early so you allow yourself time to scrape the windows. You can start the vehicle and allow the defrost to warm the windshield from the inside. It will also help the interior of your vehicle to be warm as well. While the vehicle warms up, you can scrape each window. By the time you are done, the vehicle will be warmed up. Warming up the vehicle also helps for the oil to warm up as well.


Slow Down when Driving in Snow


Keeping you and your passengers safe should be a priority, no matter the season. You will want to make sure your vehicle is always properly maintained. Keeping everything up to date on maintenance will allow your vehicle to operate at the best performance level it can. If there is anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, always make sure you schedule an appointment so we can check it for you. If you ignore a problem, it will only get worse. This will end up decreasing your safety in the long run as well.

When roads are less than ideal, you will want to remember to slow down. Only drive at a speed you feel comfortable with. If you are going too fast, you will not be able to maintain control of the vehicle. This will result in you going in the ditch, or having an accident. Make sure that if you are going at a very low speed, you have the hazard lights on. This helps others to be aware that you are going much slower. It will also help to prevent them having to slam on the brakes when they get behind you.

In ideal conditions, leaving three seconds or car spaces between you and the vehicle in front of you is typical. If the weather is poor, or the roads are slick, this should be doubled or tripled. Doing so will help to decrease the chances of an accident when you are driving. You will also have enough time to react in case the vehicle in front slams on the brakes. Having the proper amount of time and space can prevent an accident. If you are not sure what the road conditions are, it is always best to play it safe. Drive slightly slower, until you know for sure what the roads are like.

Issues with the Tires


The tires of your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. This will help you to be aware of any issues they might start to have when you drive. By following the regular maintenance schedule, you can help to ensure that the tires are able to be in the best condition. You will need to check that they are properly inflated to the correct air pressure. Tires that are too low will have a greater chance of blowing out when you are driving. You may also notice if the tires are over inflated. This can cause an issue because they can pick up sharp objects on the road.


As the tires age, they will start to show signs of wear and tear. This can be based on how many miles and how often you drive too. The type of road you drive on can also affect the tires of your vehicle. If you travel on gravel roads, the tires will rotate on a rougher surface. Be aware of any roads with potholes or damage, as these can also affect the tires of your vehicle.


You will also want to rotate the tires when it is recommended. Rotations can help the tires wear evenly. It can also help them to last as long as possible. If a tire is wearing down on one side, and you rotate it, then you can balance out the wear for it. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can advise you on a schedule. Having tires that are not worn and have proper tread will help you handle the winter roads better as well. Since roads are slick in the winter, you will want to check the weather before you leave. This can help you prepare for what the weather and road conditions may be.

Proper Winter Driving is Important


You will want to make sure you are ready for the winter weather and months for driving. Snowy and icy roads can make it difficult to drive on. Usually your steering and turning capabilities will be the most impacted. This is because the tires will not be able to grip the surface of the road when you drive as well as they should. By having your vehicle brought in for regular maintenance inspections, you can help to ensure that the parts are in operable condition.


Before the difficult driving conditions happen, now is the perfect time to inspect the tires of your vehicle. One of the most important parts of the tire should be tire tread wear. Take a penny and place it upside down in the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is lower than it should be. If you can not even see the tread grooves, then your tires are becoming more dangerous to drive on. The icy and slick roads can be a hazard in the winter and you need to turn or slam on the brakes suddenly.


Also make sure that you scrape the windshield entirely before you drive. This will help improve the visibility when you drive. If you do not clear it, then you may not see objects on the road, or other vehicles as well. Each side window should be scraped as well. This way you can ensure you have the best visibility possible. There are several different ice scrappers you can choose from. Some with longer handles may be better, because it can help you reach the high parts of the windshield for trucks and SUV’s. They also usually have a brush at the other end so you can remove snow from your vehicle as well.