Ready to Drive Away this Winter?
Winter driving brings particular challenges for the driver. Between the snow, ice, and sleet, there are many difficulties that might arise when you set out. To help maximize your safety and the safety of those on the road beside you, here are a few things to remember before pulling out of the driveway:
Clear off ALL the Snow
When cleaning your car off in the morning, be sure to scrape off all the snow and ice from you car. Don’t leave that white hat of snow on the roof of the car or the inches of snow on the hood. This could hinder you vision from the road, not to mention the chunks of snow and ice flying off your car affecting other drivers around you! Be sure to also check your headlights and taillights making sure they are clear of ice and snow.
Defrost Your Rear Window
We sometimes overlook the importance of having visibility out the back of your car. Be sure to defrost both your front and rear windows and ensure that your rear window defroster is in good working order!
Don’t Warm Your Car up for Too Long
Many of us think that letting our car idle in the driveway for more than a few minutes before driving away is great for warming up the engine. While there is nothing wrong with starting up your car, hopping out to scrape the snow off, and then taking off, don’t let your car run for more than a few minutes. You’ll just be wasting gas and it can be hard on the engine. If you don’t have time to let your car run a minute or two before heading out, take it slower for the first 5-10 minutes of driving to let your engine ease into warming up. Here’s a great source that provides a look into why this is the case.
Before Heading Home – Check you Fuel Level
In the winter, try not to let your gas tank level go below half-full. It’s always best to be prepared for any emergency and in case you ever find yourself stranded and waiting for help to arrive, your car may need to be your source of heat! Plus, filling up before you head out in the morning, you’re ready to face the day and get to where you need to be!