Winter is here in Carol Stream, IL, which means you're likely to see snow and ice on the roads. If you're not comfortable driving in snowy conditions, we've got some tips to prepare you for cold weather and slippery roads.
Tip #1: Properly clean the snow and ice off your car before driving
Before you hop in your car to drive, you will need to get rid of snow and ice on your car. You should especially get your windshield, car lights, and other areas that can impede your line of sight. While you may turn on your defrosters, it may take a long time and excess gas. Grab your ice scraper and/or snow brush.to speed up the process
Tip #2: Drive slow
When driving in unfavorable weather conditions, it is important for you to take it easy on pedals. Driving too fast can cause you to spin out of control. If you know you have somewhere to be, please leave extra time to leave early and slow down!
Tip #3: Maintain a safe following distance with the car ahead
You should follow this rule to avoid a fender bender incident no matter what time of year it is. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself at least 8 seconds to brake.
Tip #4: Keep your vehicle stocked with emergency items
If you get stuck in the snow, for whatever reason, you may need some supplies. When driving in the winter, you should always be prepared for all types of emergency scenarios. Some items to include in your vehicle's emergency kit are jumper cables, shovel, rope, first aid kit, waters, non-perishable foods, winter clothes and accessories, blankets, batteries, flashlights, and a phone charger.
We want you to stay safe and warm on the road this winter by keeping these tips in mind. If you need help with winterizing your vehicle, please stop by Kehoe Auto Repair in Carol Stream, IL, today!