Winter weather is almost upon us in Paducah, Kentucky, and that means it’s time to prepare your vehicle for seasonal hazards, like snow and ice. Follow these tips for driving safely and handling the challenges of winter this year.
Service your vehicle
Before the cold weather arrives, inspect your vehicle to see if it’s in need of any service. If the engine antifreeze or windshield washer fluid is low, top it off. Have a service technician test your battery to make sure it won’t die in the middle of a snowstorm. If your vehicle is due for general maintenance, like an oil change or tire rotation, it’s also wise to take care of that before the seasons change.
Pack the trunk
Make sure your vehicle has everything you need in case it breaks down during the middle of winter. Some necessities include water, food, a phone charger, a flashlight and an ice scraper. It’s also a good idea to have snow boots and blankets so you can stay warm as well as orange fabric to tie to a door handle and signal that you need help.
When driving on snow or ice, accelerate and decelerate slowly, and avoid turning your wheel quickly. However, when going up an incline, avoid stopping your car completely since this can cause you to slide backward.
We at Chip Wynn Motors hope you stay safe this winter. If you’re looking for a used vehicle to drive this season, view our inventory online.
With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
For a reliable new-to-you sued vehicle capable of handling the elements, stop into Chip Wynn Motors.