Safe Driving Tips for the Winter

When it comes to safe driving in the winter, there are three important words to remember, all of which begin with the letter “P”:  Prepare, Protect and Prevent.  To stay safe on snowy roads, be sure to make proper preparations, such as scheduling regular car inspections and checking your tire treads.  In order to protect yourself and passengers, it’s important to always follow safety precautions like buckling up and travelling at a safe speed.  Lastly, to prevent crashes on wintery roads, be sure to slow down and allow for extra space between you and other vehicles.

PREPARE

  • Wiper Blades & Headlights – In order to be able to safely see the road in wintery weather conditions, fully operational wiper blades and well-lit headlights are a necessity.
  • Tire Tread – Stay secure on the road by getting your tire treads and air pressure checked to ensure proper handling and stability.
  • Coolant & Other Fluids – To make sure you have optimum freeze and overhead protection, be sure your car has the proper amount of coolant (antifreeze) and other fluids, like windshield wiper fluid.
  • Oil Change – Be sure to keep your car’s engine reliable all winter long by following regular oil change schedules (typically every 3,000-5,000 miles based on your vehicle and driving habits).
  • Full Gas Tank – Should you become stranded while driving this winter, a full gas tank will help ensure warmth while you wait for help. Be sure to keep your tank at least half full at all times during the winter.

PREVENT

  • Increase Distance Between Vehicles – Snow and ice can greatly increase breaking distances. In order to avoid common winter accidents, such as sliding into the car in front of you, hitting a concrete road barrier or spinning off the road, be sure to maintain a safe driving speed and leave extra distance between vehicles. 
  • Test Your Brakes – Each vehicle is equipped with different brake systems. It’s important to know what types of brakes you have and how they will respond on snow covered and icy roads.  Practice applying your brakes (some require pumping of the brakes and others do not) in open parking lots.
  • Slow Down – In wintery weather, be sure to slow down according to the weather conditions, and not the posted speed limits. The best way to prevent a car crash in the winter is to SLOW DOWN.

PROTECT

  • Safe Driving Practices – As always, never get behind the wheel if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are distracted or upset, or if you are feeling drowsy – especially if there’s inclement driving conditions.
  • Emergency Kit – It’s a good idea to always have an emergency kit with basic first aid items, water and dry food in your car. Add a blanket, hat, gloves, winter boots and a cell phone charger and you’ll be set if you become stranded this winter.
  • Safety First – Be sure to abide by carseat and booster seat regulations for young passengers. Every passenger should use proper restraints and buckle their seatbelts.  Children 12 and under should always sit in the back seat.

In the winter months, limited visibility due to snow, black ice, snow, ice, freezing rain and fog can make road conditions particularly dangerous.  Follow the “Three P’s of Winter Driving” to help you prepare your vehicle, prevent incidents with safe driving techniques and protect yourself and passengers.

CNM Auto Repair & Car Inspection in Lancaster, PA

CNM Auto Repair in Lancaster, PA can take care of all your car service needs.  We are here to help prepare your vehicle for winter road conditions, prevent incidents with your vehicle and protect you while on the road this winter.  Be sure to schedule your next car inspection or any auto repair need with our trusted and trained mechanics.

Schedule an appointment with us today by giving us a call at (717) 397-1497.  We wish you a safe winter driving season!