Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. 4 Essential Things to Know About Winter Driving

4 Essential Things to Know About Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Freezing temperatures are here, and with them are snow and ice. While most people know to make sure their tires are properly inflated, the gas tank is full and to bring along an emergency kit when dealing with these conditions, many don’t know some of the most important things to keep in mind about winter driving. Keep reading to find out what you should know before you head out.

Slow Everything

You already know to accelerate and drive slower when the roads are icy, but you also have to make sure you turn slower as well. Additionally, make sure to give yourself much more time to stop than you would in dry conditions; and again, brake slowly rather than stomping on them. Doing all of these things more slowly will minimize the slipping and sliding so you can arrive safely.

Clean Off Your Vehicle

Yes, it’s cold, but you still need to remove more than just the snow and ice from in front of your face on the windshield. In fact, you need to clean the entire car off – including using a broom to knock the snow off the top. While it might not affect you, snow and ice blowing off your vehicle can limit visibility and even damage the cars that are driving behind you. If you can’t handle the cold long enough to do a thorough cleaning, either park in a garage or pay the neighbor's kid.

Safety Features Won’t Save You

Safety features are helpful, but you can’t rely on them to keep you safe during winter driving. Here’s a hint: that AWD system you think will keep you on the road is meant for improved acceleration – not better grip in the ice and snow. Additionally, be aware that antilock brakes will make it take longer to stop, so leave plenty of space.

Size Isn’t Everything

Winter driving has a way of making all vehicles relatively equal. This means that your massive SUV doesn’t make it possible for you to drive faster than everyone around you. Doing so is just asking for trouble, especially if you try to turn too quickly or hit a patch of ice under the snow.

Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving. Contact YourMechanic for help with proper tire inflation, battery replacement and other services that can help keep you safer on the roads.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...

Related questions

Q: What does the Brake Warning Light on the dash mean?

The Brake Warning Light on the dash of your Altima should come on briefly when you first crank the engine. It should turn off quickly afterward, though. If it doesn’t turn off, it can indicate a couple of different things....

Q: How do I adjust the clock between 12-hour time and 24-hour time?

You can choose whether the clock is in 12-hour time, or 24-hour time, with just a few steps: 1. Turn the ignition to On, while making sure the vehicle is completely stopped. 2. Press the Menu button. 3. Use the...

Q: What should I know about using snow cables?

While your SUV is equipped with tires capable of handling both mud and snow, if you live in an area where significant wintertime snow accumulates, you’ll probably want to invest in a set of snow cables (not chains – it’s...