Winter Driving Tips

Cold weather is fast approaching and you know what that means – snow, ice, and poor road conditions. Here are some winter driving tips to help you get safely through the season.

Winter Driving Tips

Clean off that Car

Before you hit the road, you’ll need to clean off your car. Many people don’t want to take time to scrape the frost off their windshield and windows, but it’s an essential step in making sure you’ll be able to see and navigate the roads.

Keep Gas Tank Half Full

When the temperatures start dropping, gas lines can freeze up. In order to prevent this from happening, always keep your gas tank at least half full in the winter.

Avoid Cruise Control

While cruise control is a lovely tool (especially for road trips), you should avoid using it in slippery road conditions. Using cruise control on icy roads can decrease both your awareness and your traction on the road.

Check Your Tires

In order to have proper traction on the road, you will need to have properly-inflated tires. Check both your tire wear and tire inflation to make sure they’re ready to handle the winter roads.

Take Your Time

Be sure to take your time on snowy roads. When accelerating and decelerating, do so gradually in order to avoid skidding. Be aware of stoplights and give yourself plenty of time to stop for them so that you don’t lose control when braking.

If you need more tips for winter driving, we’re always here to help you at Slingerland CDJR.

Owosso CarFit Driver Education

No matter your age, it can never hurt to freshen up on safe driving and mobile practices, right? That’s exactly what Baker College’s Owosso campus hopes to help older drivers do by hosting a CarFit driver education event. The event takes place on May 9th and is run by the college’s occupational therapy assistant program.

The CarFit driver education event will offer students a hands-on learning opportunity for students who are CarFit technicians. Senior drivers will move through three vehicle stops throughout a 20-minute checkup. Students will evaluate drivers based on CarFit’s 12-point list.

“CarFit is a win-win for our occupational therapy assistant students and for the elderly drivers who take advantage of it,” said Evelyn Greaux, the program director.

Elderly drivers who need assistance will receive information about local resources that can help them continue to maintain their independence. AAA, AARP, and the America Occupational Therapy Association jointly developed the CarFit program.

The Owosso CarFit driver education event can help motorists improve their driving skills to be both safer and more mobile. The free event starts at 11:30am and takes place on Baker College’s Owosso campus.

To make an appointment, call (517) 364-3743 or register at

We here at Slingerland CDJR hope you’ll take part in this safety opportunity at Baker College’s Owosso campus!