Make sure you drive with care and caution when traveling. This can help provide safety for you and those around you. It is also important to bring your vehicle in for the recommended maintenances it needs. If you are unsure of what maintenance needs to be done at what interval, we can help set up a schedule for you. We can inspect the parts and components to see if anything needs replacing. If you notice an issue with your vehicle at any time, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. By doing so, you can help prevent further issues from forming, as well as a costly repair bill. This can help increase your safety when you drive.
Be aware of the weather and road conditions
Before driving make sure you are aware of the weather and road conditions that you will be traveling on. Winter tends to bring sudden storms that may leave you unprepared. If you notice that the roads are ice or snow covered, make sure to plan ahead. It is important to leave with plenty of time to spare. This can allow for extra time that may be needed on the road if the conditions are poor. Rain and sleet can quickly turn to ice. It is recommended not to drive too fast. Sometimes the rain and sleet can turn to black ice, and you will not notice unless you start to slide. Make sure to also keep the lights on your vehicle on. This can help you to see, as well as having others see you. Also be cautious when driving over bridges, overpasses, or ramps. These typically freeze first when the temperatures dip. They can also hide any icy patches or black ice that are on the surface. It is also recommended to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This way if you need to apply the brakes and stop suddenly, there is ample distance to help prevent an accident from happening.
Stay awake and alert
While driving, make sure to stay alert. If you feel drowsy, pull off to a safe or warm place to rest. This is a recommended safety precaution for you, as well as other drivers on the road. Also be aware of the vehicles around you. The visibility should the best it can be when you drive. Make sure the windows are cleared off of any ice, snow, or frost. All windows, including the side mirrors should be scraped off. This helps you to see, as well as preventing snow and ice falling off and hitting someone else.
Keeping the traction as you drive
When traveling up hills or taking corners, use low gears if you have to. This can help to keep the traction for the tires so you do not slide or skid. Also make sure to never use cruise control on poorly covered roads. Even if it is precipitating, it is recommended not to use cruise control. It is easy to be driving on black ice without even noticing it. Taking your time is always the best option.