Tips For Driving In The Winter

Winter driving is not as difficult as people think. There is no reason to drive carelessly when there is ice on the ground or in a heavy storm. Be aware and concentrate on the road. Using gentle and careful motions such as easing on the brakes helps. If you happen to slide, steer in the direction you want to go and keep steady with light pressure on the gas. If you slide sideways, do not hit your brakes because it will only make things worse. When you brake in a straight line and the pedal starts chattering or pulsing, keep your foot in it and do not release pressure. That sound means that your anti-lock brakes are working.

On those chilly mornings, it helps to have a Remote Starter for your vehicle to warm up your car before heading to where you need to be. These devices allow you to start up your vehicle using a key-fob remote control without going outside. If you have heat or A/C on in your car, it turns on when the engine does. Your car will be warm and comfortable once you get in. Not only that, your warmed-up car thaws the ice on the windshield as well.

Another way to prepare for winter driving is to put winter tires on your car. Winter tires (or cold weather tires) contain more natural rubber than regular tires, and are made of a softer compound. This allows them to stay agile as temperatures drop below 45 degrees fahrenheit, maintaining higher grips levels on the road, in conditions where a normal tire becomes hard and less keyed-in to the asphalt.

Know your car and its functions very well before winter arrives. Make sure your windshield washer reservoir is full and your windshield wipers are in good condition. Always have a full gas tank, and take care of any issue with your vehicle as soon as possible.