Roads can be dangerous even on the nicest day, but during the winter months, the dangers of driving can increase dramatically. According to the Department of Transportation, winter weather conditions are responsible for over 192,000 injuries and 2,200 deaths each year. Outside injury and loss of life, winter weather conditions are responsible for millions of dollars in property damage incidents.
Since we cannot control roadway conditions, we can promote safe driving behavior by making sure drivers recognize the hazards of winter driving, are prepared to drive in winter weather conditions, and our vehicles are inspected and maintained by our incredible technicians.
In honor of our 90 Days of Winter safety campaign, we will be sharing some helpful tips to navigate winter driving conditions safely. Here are 10 essential tips to navigate the winter wonderland before you get behind the wheel:
- Brakes: Check that your brake fluid is at the proper level to ensure the system provides even braking.
- Cooling System: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system.
- Electrical System: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean.
- Exhaust System: Check exhaust for leaks and that all clamps and hangers are snug.
- Tires: Check for proper pressure, tread depth, and no signs of damage or uneven wear.
- Tire Traction: For adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread.
- Visibility Systems: Check all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers.
- Wipers: Install winter windshield wipers and clean the inside of the windows thoroughly.
- Windshield Washer System: Make sure your windshield washer system works and is full of an anti-icing fluid.
- Headlights: Check your lights. If you have an older car with sand-pitted headlights, get a new set of lenses.
Winter driving may pose challenges, but with careful preparation and responsible behavior, we can ensure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day. Safe is our top priority and something we must all live every day. Stay tuned for more winter driving tips coming soon!