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Winter Driving Tips

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January 16, 2017

winter driving tipsEven the most seasoned driver can find him or herself challenged by winter driving conditions. That’s why it’s a good idea to think about everything you can do to make it through to the other side. To that end, we’ve compiled some winter driving tips.

Do NOT delay service. This is a good idea anytime of the year, but the thing is, delaying service in winter can have even greater consequences. Breaking down in the winter can be dangerous, especially if you often drive through rural, sparsely populated areas. Components like the radiator, brakes, and hoses — these things should all be inspected before winter even starts.

See the light. It’s not just about snow and ice obscuring your windshield, what can really blind you is the salt residue left from passing plow trucks. Make sure that not only is your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full, but think about keeping a jug of it in your backseat. Also, the end of autumn is a great time to change your windshield wipers.

And then there is actually driving… A good philosophy to follow is that in the wintertime; exaggerate all of the regular rules of the road. Increase the distance between yourself and other drivers even more than usual and brake even earlier than usual. Lastly, always give yourself more time to get to your destination.

Winter Driving Tips

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February 5, 2016

Winter driving tipsDriving in the winter can be tough, especially when there is snow and ice on the road to deal with.  Here are some winter driving tips to keep you safe (and out on the road) during the season:

  1. Slow down – Seriously, there’s no rush. You should reduce your speed by 50% when driving on snowy roads, but it’s important to not go any slower than that because losing your momentum means you might get stuck.
  2. Loosen your grip – Clinging too tightly to the steering wheel can actually cause a loss of control. Keep a light touch on all of your controls.
  3. Know how to deal with skids – We all know how easy it is to skid when braking on icy roads. But the key is not to brake too hard, as this will lock your brakes up.  If you start to skid, turn gently towards the direction you want to go and don’t touch the brakes.

These simple tips will keep you safer on the road.  And if you’re a AAA member, they can help you out of a bad situation, too.  Here are even more tips from them.  Stay safe!

Great All-Wheel Drive Vehicles for the Winter

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January 11, 2016
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Is your car ready for the winter? All-wheel drive is an important feature to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. You may be wondering if it’s even necessary. But when winter comes along and hazardous conditions like slippery roads come your way, having a little extra traction and evenly-distributed power goes a long way.
The Ford Taurus is a great option for an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle

All-wheel drive distributes power to all four wheels individually, so that if one wheel slips, the car still has three wheels to rely on – unlike front- or rear-wheel vehicles, which are unfortunately stuck if the only two moving tires get incapacitated. But there are a lot of cars on the market with all-wheel drive. What are some of the most recommended AWD vehicles?