Take the Time and “PREP” Before Driving in Winter Weather
P – Play Your Part
· Make sure to clean all debris off your entire vehicle before driving. This includes the hood, roof, trunk and all windows.
· Slow down! Make sure you leave more space than usual between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
R – Recognize the Conditions
· Try to avoid all distractions because driving in harsh winter weather requires concentration. Try to avoid activities such as eating, drinking and cell phone use because these distractions can result in over-steering and abrupt braking.
· When driving in inclement weather it’s crucial to keep both hands on the steering wheel, check your mirrors and pay full attention to the road and vehicles around you.
E – Emergency Preparedness
· Keep a survival kit in your car that includes:
o A flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, cell phone charger, jumper cables, flares, a HELP sign, and a first aid kit. A survival kit may seem unnecessary, but could save your life if you get stranded in extreme conditions.
P – Pressure Matters
· Every time the temperature drops, the air pressure inside your tires goes down– in fact, if the last time you checked your tire pressure was during a warm summer or fall day, you may be in for a surprise. And don’t just rely on the vehicle’s TPMS warning to tell you when to add air. Maintaining the correct air pressure is crucial to the tires’ rolling efficiency, steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities.
While checking tire pressure, perform the quick “penny test” to see if you need new tires.
With a penny-inserted upside-down in the tread grooves of the tire, if you see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires…start to think about your options…
Winter tires aren’t just for snow; the temperature matters, too – A GREAT EXAMPLE would be these Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter tires with a special rubber compound to remain flexible at lower temperatures and helps deliver enhanced traction in changing winter conditions.