The winter months are a dangerous time for drivers throughout Ohio and beyond, whether it’s due to snowy or extremely cold conditions. TRIAD Staffing wants you to keep safe on the road, whether you’re driving to work, a night out, or even just the local grocery store down the street.
Before you start up your car, always keep these winter driving tips close to mind.
Winter Driving Tips in the Snow:
- Use major roadways when possible. Busier roads (expressways, interstates, major roads, etc.) are more likely to have been cleared.
- Get your speed right when driving in the snow. Too fast and you lose control and too slow you lose momentum.
- If you do start to skid, take your feet off the pedals. Try not to use the brakes, slow your speed for turns, and at least double your normal stopping distance.
- Properly clear any and all snow or ice that has accumulated on your vehicle.
- Ensure your vehicle has enough windshield wiper fluid and that the wipers are in good working condition.
- Ensure tires are properly inflated. Refer to the manual for recommended tire PSI levels.
Winter Driving Tips in Cold Temperatures:
- Park your car in a warmer place, such as your garage, to increase the initial temperature of your engine and cabin.
- Combine trips when possible so that you drive less often with a cold engine.
- Minimize idling your car to warm it up. Most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds. The engine will warm up faster being driven, which will allow the heat to turn on sooner, decrease your fuel costs, and reduce emissions.
- Don’t use seat warmers or defrosters more than necessary.
- Use the type of oil recommended by your manufacturer for cold weather driving.