Driving Safely In Bad Weather
The snow and ice that drape the land in the winter can be beautiful, but that same snow and ice may cause accidents. The main things you should always remember while driving in these conditions to keep yourself safe is to prepare your car, take your time, keep calm, slow down, be patient, and be more alert.
Prepare Your Car
A car that is not ready for winter is more likely to likely to get in an accident or to leave you stranded on a frigid morning. You should consider giving your car a winter check-up, that you can do yourself of have performed at your local service station.
Which this means you should switch to winter-weight oil if you aren't already using all-season oil. Be sure all lights are in good working order. Have the brakes adjusted. Battery and voltage regulator should be checked.
Make sure battery connections are good. If the battery terminal posts seem to be building up a layer of corrosion, clean them with a paste of baking soda and water. Let it foam, and then rinse with water. Apply a thin film of petroleum jelly to the terminal posts to prevent corrosion, and reconnect.
Be sure all fluids are at proper levels. Antifreeze should not only be strong enough to prevent freezing, but fresh enough to prevent rust.
Make sure wiper blades are cleaning properly. Consider changing to winter wiper blades, which are made for driving in snow. They are covered with a rubber boot to keep moisture away from working parts of the blade.
Don't idle a cold vehicle's engine for along time to warm it up - it could harm the engine. The right way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it.
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