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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?

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

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November 20, 2015

Driving in Winter WeatherDriving in winter weather isn’t desirable to anyone, let alone those traveling to see family. If you aren’t used to winter weather, we’d recommend you stay off the roads. That isn’t always possible, though, and winter can be harsh. To stay safe, remember these tips for driving in winter weater.

  1. Brake carefully. Start braking earlier than you would on dry roads. Slick roads won’t allow you to slow down as quickly and even the slightest error in timing can lead to a fender bender. Take the safe route and brake earlier than you think you need to.
  2. Avoid cruise control. Using cruise control is a convenient feature in the warmer parts of the year. In winter, it can lead to an accident. Assume all roads have slippery spots. Hitting your brakes to deactivate cruise control on one of these spots could easily lead to an accident or losing control of the vehicle.
  3. 4×4 isn’t invincible. For the most part, four-wheel-drive will give you the ability to get moving on winter roadways but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop or keep your traction. You still need to take precautions, driving slowly and keeping a significant amount of space in between you and other drivers.