Winter Driving Tips

Winter has arrived for us here in Delaware. Now it becomes a guessing game in which nights we will fall asleep only to wake up to a winter wonderland. In other situations, we prepare for a weekend of blizzards salting the walk-ways and storing away groceries, only for the big storm to be fifty degrees and sunny. Due to the sporadic ways of our winters in Delaware, we should be prepared for anything. It could begin snowing mid-day while you are in the office, or during a dinner date with friends. Making sure your vehicle is prepared for the elements is a big part of traveling safely. Below are the best tips for preparing your vehicle for the winter to come.

Preparing your vehicle

  1. Install new wiper blades. Having frayed or damaged wiper blades could possibly make visibility worse while driving in the snow.

  2. Make sure your fluids are full and your oil has been changed. One of the most important fluids is undoubtedly, washer fluid. Washer fluid can help visibility in ice or snow storms.

  3. Check your tires. Every set of tires and vehicle is different. Tire tread is another big component of safe winter travel. Having bald tires can lead to sliding off of the road or into oncoming traffic. One trick to measure tread levels is to take a penny, put the penny into the tread of the tires with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it is time to replace your tires.

  4. Have a roadside emergency kit just in case. In the worst case scenario having an emergency kit could be very valuable. Medical first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and water are the essentials.

The tips above should be beneficial in preparation for the remainder of the season. We recommend avoiding the road in dangerous conditions. However, we understand having to make your daily commute or if snow-fall begins while you are out of the house. The feel of the road may seem diverse and course, or soft and smooth. A problem Delaware may experience this winter is days of rain that lead up to a snow storm. These tend to be the worst conditions to drive your vehicle. The wet roads freeze up as the temperature drops, snow falls on top of the already frozen tarmac leading to black ice. Beware of black ice on bridges, underpasses, low areas or shaded areas. Ice can lurk in these areas, which may look dry or slightly wet. If you are unsure of your vehicle or your ability to drive in the conditions, stay off the road unless absolutely necessary.

If you happen to be involved in a minor accident, pull over and stay in your vehicle while you wait for help to arrive. Do not get out of your car to inspect the damage because you run the risk of being hit by another vehicle. There is no time to be hurt at the holidays. Enjoy your family and friends, and please stay safe on the roads.



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