Happy Holidays! We hope you are fully enjoying this season, spending time with your family, and driving safely on the roads. Winter is here – the days are getting colder and shorter. Whether you’re commuting daily or planning a cross country road trip to visit family, here’s some advice to stay safe this winter:
Turn your headlights On – Winter days seem shorter with fewer hours of daylight. As the sun goes down earlier, it is very important to use your headlights! Even if you don’t usually have to think about turning them on for the drive home from work, you may need to adjust your habits for this season. Your lights help you to see and to be seen by other drivers.
Slow down – On slick winter roads, the biggest change for your vehicle is traction. Especially if you drive on snow or ice, your car won’t be able to grip the road as well requiring careful steering and braking. Check your tire pressure – a ten degree drop in temperature can drop PSI by as much as one pound. You can easily top off your tires yourself, or bring it in to us for a quick fill. Have your tires and brakes inspected to make sure they can handle the road conditions, and know your limits.
Check your emergency kit – You should always keep a basic emergency kit in your vehicle. Check to make sure the components are still gathered and in good condition (you may want to replace emergency food periodically). Add in winter layers, gloves, and other tools to keep you safe and warm in emergencies.
Use common sense – If the roads look treacherous, stay inside. Know your limits and those of your vehicle, and have a safety inspection performed before any long drives. When in doubt, SLOW DOWN or stay at home.
Our ASE Certified Technicians want to help you prepare your vehicle for winter roads in Greensboro – give us a call at 336.294.2137 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.