Mother Nature is back in her wintry mood.
But do you know what you’re supposed to do if your vehicle starts sliding? What should you do with your headlights in a winter storm? What should you be checking under the hood before braving a snowy drive?
AAA has all those answers and many more suggestions with an in-depth list of tips to keep your commute safe.
Tip 1: When driving on ice or slick streets, DON’T make any quick changes in speed or direction. If your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the brake or gas pedal if the skid is a result of hard acceleration or braking. Shift to neutral, and look and steer in the direction that you want to go. Just before your wheels stop skidding, counter steer until you are going the desired direction.
Tip 2: Admit it, you’ve spotted cars that look as if they have been stuck in a blizzard for months with only a quarter-sized spot clear on the windshield. DON’T be that person. Although it takes some extra effort, make the time to clean the snow off your vehicle before getting behind the wheel. Ice and snow interfere with your vision and can become dangerous projectiles that damage other vehicles and affect the visibility of drivers near your automobile. It only seems obvious, right?
Tip 3: Before making your wintry trek, DON’T forget to check your windshield washer fluid. Make sure to keep the reservoir full at all times — especially during winter months. And when you’re buying a new bottle, be sure the solution is made with antifreeze components.
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