Winter Driving Tips
The winter months are officially here. That means snow, ice, sleet, and frigid temperatures, too. In these sorts of conditions, it’s important to know how to operate your vehicle in safe and cautious ways as you hit the road. Wondering how to drive in snow? At Rosen Hyundai Algonquin, we put together some winter driving tips to help you this winter. To prepare your vehicle with winter service, visit us today!
Remove Ice and Snow
One of the most important things you can do for winter driving safety is to make sure your windshield is free from any blockage caused by ice or snow. Before you pull out your brush, start your vehicle, set the temperature console to defrost on the highest temperature and intensity setting. This will help melt some of the snow and ice quickly, so you don’t hurt yourself or tire yourself out from scraping all of the ice off your windshield, mirrors, and windows.
Decrease Your Speed
The biggest difference between normal conditions and winter driving conditions is the risk of ice. With black ice, you might not even be aware of ice on the road, so it’s important to slow down in general. This will help make up for the reduced traction wheels have in the winter and prevent your wheels from sliding on ice. You should also give yourself plenty of room between the vehicles around you.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full
Most drivers use more gas in the winter months, so it’s easy to get behind on filling up. The winter, however, is the most dangerous time to run out of gasoline. If you do, you could end up stranded on the side of the road or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, which is dangerous with frigid temperatures and low visibility conditions. Even if your tank is half full, it’s worth filling it up just in case.
Avoid Using Cruise Control
You’re much safer avoiding cruise control when driving in snow, ice, or slush. With wet roads and black ice, cruise control is more likely to cause you to lose control of the vehicle because it does not react as quickly to slippery conditions. It also can not adjust according to specific patches of ice or slush.
Get Winter Maintenance
One of the best things you can do to prepare for driving in the winter is getting your vehicle winterized with winter service. Whether it’s investing in new wiper blades, refilling your car’s fluids, or installing a cold weather car battery, winter maintenance will make your vehicle much safer to drive in the winter. Check out Hyundai service near me for winter maintenance now!
Visit Rosen Hyundai!
At Rosen Hyundai, we know that the customer is the most important thing. We believe in providing great service and making your car-buying experience easy and enjoyable. We have a knowledgeable sales staff to show you our great inventory, we have a Finance Department to help you find the financing to fit with your lifestyle, and we have an experienced Service Department to keep your vehicle running great. Schedule your winter maintenance today!