Automotive Trends and Tech – Winter Driving Tips 101

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by Accurate Auto Body Repair No Comments

The first snow of winter 2012 in the Denver area arrived today. Even if you have lived in the Centennial State your whole life, we thought today would be the perfect day to share a quick review of some basic winter driving tips.

Make sure you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid. Having enough windshield wiper fluid is vital to maintaining visibility during winter driving. Whether it’s a sudden backsplash from a big truck or it’s the gradual buildup of road grime, you need to be able to keep your windshield clean and easy to see through. Check your car’s wiper fluid reservoir on a regular basis during the winter.

Check your windshield wipers. Keep an eye on your windshield wiper blades throughout the season as well. Be on the lookout for tears or other damage to the blades. Any streaking on your windshield is a good indicator that it’s time to replace them.

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Check the weather report and add extra time. Make checking the weather forecast part of your evening routine and allow for extra time to get to work if a storm is coming. It doesn’t take much snow on the road to add a lot of extra time to your commute. Even if the precipitation amount is minor, wet roads increase the chance of an accident that can delay you getting to work.

Pack a winter driving kit. Add an extra coat, blanket, scraper, flashlight, bottled water and matches to your current roadside safety kit. These items will allow you to take care of yourself and any passengers you may have if you find yourself stuck outside for an extended period during colder weather.

Clean off the magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride (mag chloride) is a very effective tool to manage ice buildup on roads and keep drivers safe. The problem is that it’s also corrosive to your car. Make sure to clean your car off as soon as you can after a big storm. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of heading to the car wash on a weekly basis during peak snow fall. Make sure to wash your undercarriage during each visit as well.

The best tip to remember about winter driving is to just be smart and take your time. Have a safe and fun winter in Colorado!

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