Basic Precautions for Safe Winter Driving

Basic Precautions for Safe Winter Driving


Basic Precautions for Safe Winter DrivingThroughout the winter months, difficult driving conditions make it especially important to drive defensively. And to stay safe, there are also some winter auto maintenance tasks that should be completed so that your vehicle is ready for the shifts in weather. At Smith Specialty Automotive, our local mechanics can conduct auto maintenance maintenance tasks to get your vehicle prepared for winter driving.

Tips for Driving Safely this Winter

During periods of poor weather, a safe following distance and healthy brakes will help to minimize the risk of sliding into the car in front of you. When weather isn't a concern, your following distance should be at least three seconds. If it's raining, this should be increased to six seconds. And if snow is an issue, then you should lengthen your following distance to at least eight seconds.

It's also a good idea to keep your headlights on at all times when driving during the winter months. Your headlights will make it easier for other drivers to see you, and it'll be easier for you to see any potential hazards as early as possible.

If you find yourself in a situation where winter weather has started to make driving conditions treacherous, then it may be smartest to pull off the road before things get worse. In such a scenario, it'll be safer to pull into a parking lot rather than just onto the shoulder. In a parking lot that has stores and restaurants, you'll be safely away from traffic and will be able to get out of the elements and go indoors. But if you do end up stuck on the shoulder in extreme weather, then you should remain as calm as possible, put on your hazards, and contact emergency services to explain your circumstances.

Winter Auto Maintenance in Olathe, KS

You can also stay safer this winter by getting to the shop for seasonal maintenance. Important types of winter auto maintenance include checking your battery, tires, brakes, heating system, wiper blades, and antifreeze. When you need auto maintenance in Olathe and the surrounding area, contact Smith Specialty Automotive at (913) 270-1893. At our local auto shop, we can expertly address any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs. Feel free to give us a call today to make an appointment!


Smith Specialty Automotive Blog
Posted: December 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ