You have seen it all before. When winter arrives, driving can get unpredictable at every turn. And even if the season is now is coming to an end, you may still be struck with some cold surprises. Don’t be deterred froma little cold weather driving, though. Just follow these twelve steps and you should have no problems getting from here to there and back again safely.

That’s why it’s important to always remember these 12 things each time you hit the roads in winter.

  1. The simplest thing you can do is to make sure you install new tires or at least carry a good amount of tread. Also do keep them properly inflatedat all times.
  2. The other big thing you can do is slow down. Slowing down is key especially when driving on narrow roads or those with bends and turns.
  3. Get your battery checked if you notice it is slow to turn when you try tostart it up. Drive your car regularly, even if it’s just for a bit, so the battery gets some use .
  4. Check the tire pressure before driving and fill with air if needed. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures.
  5. Always keep the coolant level under check. If the level is low, add an equal measure of water and coolant to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
  6. Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solutionthat is formulated to prevent it from freezing.
  7. It’s essential to dress warm and carry extra clothes including an extra hat, gloves, socks and blanket.
  8. Along the same lines, make sure your emergency road kid includes a jumper cable, shovel, water, snacks and a car charger.
  9. Also keep your gas tank full. A fuller gas tank will deter the potential freezing of your vehicle gas-line.
  10. Avoid activating your cruise control when driving on a slippery surface.
  11. Keep windshield and windows clear. Do keep a snow brush or scraper in their vehicle at all times..
  12. If you intend to travel alone, let someone else know where you are going and keep in touch..

Here’s wishing you a safe ride this winter.

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