You know winter is close when the Christmas lights are on all of the houses and everyone is reaching for their coats. That hit here last weekend. While some people gets excited when the snow starts to fall, there are plenty of people who dread it. I tend to be one of those people. If you have to do a lot of driving during the winter months, you know that the pretty white flakes and the ice that comes with it, can be more than a little treacherous. What;s worse are people who are driving when they shouldn’t be. What should you know about driving in the winter bad weather? Brown’s Alfa Romeo, in New York, wants you to remember these basic winter weather driving tips.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Stay Home: If you can, please stay home. there is no reason to go out and take the risk of causing an accident if you can avoid it. There are plenty of times when you do not have the choice, but when you do, stay in. Make is a movie marathon day, or clean the house, but hang out at home and stay off the roads, even with 4 wheeled drive.
Check your tires: You need to make sure your tires are the best shape possible during the winter months. Your tires need to grip the road when you hit ice and that is hard to do even with good tires. It is almost impossible for tires that are bald or worn. Make sure your tires are inflated to proper psi. Never mix radial tires with any other type. Depending on your area, decide which tire type is best for your car, all weather or snow tires, or tires with chains. Make sure you have enough tread and that the tires are in good shape.
Get routine maintenance on your car: You do not want to risk breaking down in a snow storm. While breaking down is never fun, being stuck in a snow storm with no heat and a car that won’t go is not a fun place to be. Make sure your car is winter ready by checking the hoses, the antifreeze and the battery.