With the holidays right around the corner, it’s officially time to say that winter has arrived. That means the season of dangerous driving has arrived as well. Winter driving can be dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mitigate that danger by being properly prepared. Today, we’ll take a look at some of our top tips to better prepare for driving in the winter.
The number one thing the average driver can do to help make driving in the winter more safe, is to properly prep their ties. That means investing in all season or snow tires if you live in an area that gets snow regularly. If your tires are more than a year old, be sure to check the tread to make sure they are still operating efficiently.
Another important component of proper tire care is the pressure. When it’s cold outside, the pressure inside your tires drops. To combat that, make sure you top of your tire pressure during the winter months. We suggest keeping a digital PSI reader in your glove box so you can always make sure your tires are properly inflated.
While gas doesn’t freeze as easily as water, it does freeze if it gets cold enough. That’s why most people advise that you keep at least a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. If you live somewhere like Minnesota, that gets well below zero often, you may want to consider moving that up to a half tank. The reasoning is pretty simple, the more gas in the tank, the more difficult it is to freeze. If you find yourself riding that empty tank, you may wake up one cold morning to find that your car won’t start.
Unless you’re a Tesla owner, you may experience car handles freezing shut if it gets cold enough. If you find that this happens to you, a common (and affordable) fix is to simply spray your handles with cooking spray once a week. Apply the spray to the rubber gasket on the handles, this will prevent it from freezing for up to a week.
If you live in an area that gets snow, having a car scraper in your car is essential. Unfortunately, even with a scraper defrosting a windshield can take a lot of time. Some people start their cars then leave it running, but that’s just asking for your vehicle to get stolen.
The best windshield defrosting trick that we’ve found is to mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water. Put that mixture in a spray bottle and you’re good to go! Just spray the mixture on your windshield and the ice will melt away. Since alcohol won’t freeze until 128 degrees below zero, you can store that bottle in your car so you’re always prepared.
Winter driving is always going to be more dangerous than driving in fair weather. However, with a little preparation you can substantially mitigate that danger. Follow our advice outlined here today and you’re sure to have a happier and safer winter on the roads.
Of course, no matter what season you’re driving in, you need to have an updated auto-insurance policy. To learn more about your current policy, or to purchase a new one, visit www.tgsinsurance.com.