Tips for Driving Safely in Winter

Tips for Driving Safely in Winter | Chip Wynn Motors | Paducah, KY

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.

Slow down 

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.

5 Easy Tips for Driving in the Snow

tips for driving in the snow

Though we’re considered a southern state, winter can get a little bit snowy—and even icy—here in Paducah, Kentucky. As your resident car experts, the team at Chip Wynn Motors wanted to offer a few tips for driving in the snow this winter to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It’s all about the tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread going into the winter. Check the pressure regularly.

Easy on the gas

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction. On top of that, stick to a lower speed on snowy or icy roads—or even roads that just look wet. Slick roads mean a longer braking distance, so lower speeds can keep you from rear-ending someone.

Keep your distance

Speaking of rear-ending, avoid collisions by putting more distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Beware of hills

Make sure you have some momentum when approaching a hill, but don’t slam on the gas, as that will just cause your wheels to spin. Never stop while driving uphill, and reduce your speed when going over top of the hill to ensure a slow descent.

Stay home

If at all possible, don’t drive in bad winter weather. Just stay home and enjoy the comfy couch and some hot chocolate. When the weather clears up, come visit Chip Wynn Motors to find your next vehicle.