Winter Driving Tips from Your Internet Brother:
- Make time to scrape off your car before you go. Scrape off all of your car. This means the roof and the rear windshield as well.
- If the road looks wet but you’re not sure if there’s black ice, look at the wheels of the car in front of you. If you can see droplets flinging up, the water on the road is not frozen.
- Your stopping distance will increase exponentially with how bad the weather is. Give yourself at least twice as much room to stop as you normally would.
- If your car is going out of control and you HAVE to hit something, aim for something soft (snowbanks are softer than trees) and hit that thing at an angle.
- Never get in the car without a coat, hat, and gloves.
- If your car is out of control, look and steer where you want your car to go.
- Take your car to an empty parking lot with snow in it and purposefully lose control. This will teach you how to handle your car.
- If your car is real wheel drive, put something heavy in the trunk to give you better traction.
- Take 5mph off the speed limit for bad weather, 10mph off for really bad weather.
- For automatic transmission cars, the N in PRNDL stands for Neutral. This is the gear that your car should be in if you are trying to push it.
- If you need to use your windshield wipers, your headlights also need to be on.
- This button is your defroster:
Please use your defroster if your windows are fogging up.
Ultimately, please just stay safe. Do these things not only for yourself, but to protect others on the road.
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If you are storing your car outdoors during the winter and it is cold, you need to drive your car regularly to preserve the battery.
Keep a sleeping bag in the trunk. If you break down on a snowy road and have to wait five hours for a tow truck, you’ll be thankful for it.
Kitty litter in the trunk too. It can help you get traction if one of your tires is stuck and you’re just spinning the wheel trying to get out
Lift your wipers when it snows /rains so they don’t freeze to your windshield!
If you store your car outside in winter, knock on the hood before you start the engine to scare away any stray cats or other small animals using it for shelter.