Cold Weather Driving Tips

In the winter months in Erie, it is important to drive safely in the snow. At Auto Express Mazda, we came up with some tips to keep you safe, even in the harsh conditions. 

Always keep cold weather gear in your vehicle. This could include items such as blankets, a flashlight, or even extra fuel. If you run into an emergency, you don’t want to be stuck without the things you need to stay safe. Always be prepared. 

Make sure your tires are properly inflated with plenty of tread. Good quality tires make a huge difference in the snow and ice, and could save you from an accident or getting stuck in the snow. 

Keep at least half of a tank of fuel in your car at all times. This will not only allow you to keep your car running for warmth if you get stranded, but it will also make the chances of your fuel lines freezing less likely. 

Never warm up your car that is in the snow. Make sure exhaust gets out. Warming up your car in the snow before you drive wastes fuel and increases wear and tear on your engine. 

Do not use cruise control when driving on ice, snow, or any slippery surfaces. This may cause the tires to spin, making it easier to lose control of the vehicle. 

Anytime you accelerate or decelerate, do so slowly. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry, and take your time slowing down. Keep in mind that it takes longer to speed up or slow down when driving on ice or snow. 

Since it takes longer to decelerate and stop, watch your following distance. Increase your following distance to avoid rear ending another vehicle if yours gets out of control. 

Don’t power up when driving up hills. Applying extra gas will do nothing but make your tires spin, which may cause you to lose control. 

Account for more travel time when commuting places. Remember: slow and steady wins the race! If you are in a rush, you are more likely to lose control of your vehicle and end up in an emergency situation.

At Auto Express Mazda, we want you to be safe this winter. Follow our safety tips and you could avoid an emergency situation.