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.
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.
Planning on hitting the road to visit relatives for Thanksgiving? It’s one of the busiest times of the year, so take these Thanksgiving travel tips into account when planning ahead for your Turkey Day journey.
Leave Before Wednesday
Wednesday is the day that sees the most traffic on roadways, so if you’re heading out of town, it’s a good idea to instead leave on Monday or Tuesday to beat the rush. If your family lives fairly close, Thanksgiving morning is also a viable option as most are already settled in and awaiting turkey and candied yams.
Head Home Before Sunday
Sunday is the day most people head home from their relatives’ places, so avoid the congestion by leaving Friday, Saturday, or even waiting until Monday. If you have a spare day of vacation to burn, take Cyber Monday to relax and peruse the deals at various online retailers.
If you can, try to plan your route ahead of time by avoiding major highways or other popular roads. While avoiding the highway will add time to your commute, it could ultimately be quite a bit less than what you would spend idling in traffic.
Your car needs gas, and you should make sure to fill up beforehand to avoid delays. Additionally, you and your family need fuel, too – so bring along healthy snacks for the journey!
Brush up on your defensive driving tactics before you head out on the road, especially if you’re heading somewhere where the road conditions can get a little scary in the fall and winter. Driving assertively will help you get where you need to go without incident and with less stress.
Keep these Thanksgiving travel tips in mind as you head out on the road. The holidays can already be stressful enough as it is, so do what you can to ensure that your time on the road is like a break away from the grind.