Fall and Winter Driving Tips - Dans American Tire

November 15th, 2012

Are you ready for fall and winter driving? Changing leaves and snow days can be exciting, but also bring about new dangers for drivers. To keep you and your loved ones safe this season, there are special circumstances to remember when driving in the colder months. More accidents happen in the winter and fall because drivers ignore safety precautions. Here are some tips and important guidelines to follow to prevent common accidents:

Tips to Remember for Fall and Winter:

1. Check your tires. Your tires should be properly inflated, balanced, and have enough tread to avoid loss of traction. Cold weather and temperature fluctuations can decrease tire pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy in your vehicle at all times and check frequently. If you can, invest into some winter tires.

2. Make sure your car is prepared for the drop in temperatures. Check coolant and other fluid levels and keep windshield washer levels filled.

3. Keep your windshield clean and ice-free, check and replace wiper blades if needed.

4. Slow down! Make sure you leave yourself room to stop, especially on slick or icy roads.

5. Know how to recover from a skid. The chances of getting into an accident are reduced if you know how to control your vehicle in a skid. This depends on your tires, brakes, if your car is front or rear wheel drive, and is dependent on your vehicle make and model.

6. Keep your lights on for visibility.

Fall Driving Tips:

1. Be aware of school buses and children.  Follow the laws for school zones in the mornings and afternoons, and never pass a school bus with red lights that are flashing. Be mindful of trick-or-treaters at Halloween and carolers in December, especially in neighborhoods, around schools, and churches.

2. Leaves on the ground can become slippery when they get wet or can conceal poor road conditions. Patches of leaves can freeze as the temperature drops and turn icy, creating a road hazard.

3. Rain and sleet can turn icy as the weather changes, always be cautious not to drive too fast for weather conditions. Turn y

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