Here in Charleston, we don’t experience too much heavy winter weather, but on the occasions when we do get ice and snow, you need to be prepared. Here are a few tips for safe winter driving.
- Slow down. Wet roads can easily ice over in the winter. If the roads are wet, slow down to give extra braking room, if needed. Driving experts recommend at least three times more distance than normal.
- Check your wipers. Even if we don’t get snow, winter usually brings a lot of rain. Make sure your windshield wipers are giving you a clear view of the road ahead. If they are leaving streaks, it’s probably time to replace them. They should be replaced every 6-12 months.
- Check your tires. Make sure your tires have the proper amount of tread. You don’t want to lose traction on an icy road.
- Don’t steer too much. If you do happen to hit a slick spot on the road and start to skid, don’t keep steering to get out of it. Simply look and steer in the direction you want to go, and apply the brakes. Most cars are equipped with anti-lock brakes so you don’t need to pump the brakes.
- Run the air conditioner. If your windows get foggy or icy, run the air-conditioner. It removes moisture from the air and you can even leave the temperature on “warm.”
Be safe in your travels this winter and Happy Holidays from Mama’s Used Cars.