Winter weather can be tough for drivers. Slippery road conditions may make driving difficult, and the salt used to melt ice can damage your car, says auto technician Charles Sanville, founder of HumbleMechanic.com.
In fact, more than 116,000 people are injured each year while driving on snowy, slushy or icy roads, according to the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. Knowing what to do and what to avoid may help get you where you want to go more safely.
Here are five bad driving habits the Humble Mechanic says you may want to avoid this winter.
More than 116,000 people are injured while driving on snowy, icy roads each year. To help you stay safe, consider these five bad driving habits to avoid.
Keep your fuel level above half a tank. In extreme cold weather, your gas line may freeze up if there’s not enough fuel in the tank — not to mention the danger and hassle of running out of gas on a very cold day.
Keep your car well stocked in the winter. If you get stuck or stranded, you may want to have some basic items in your car, including blankets, gloves, boots, water and snacks.
Cleaning all the snow and ice from your car is very important. You need to be able to see out of all windows and mirrors. Chunks of snow flying off your car may hit another car and could cause an issue, too. Wash your car regularly to clean off the salt and other chemicals that may erode your car’s paint.
Having the proper tires on your car becomes even more important when roads are covered in snow. A set of snow tires may help your vehicle perform better in adverse conditions.
Newer cars may be equipped with traction control systems that may help keep your car from getting stuck and help control the car while braking. But it’s important to be familiar with these features — before you actually need them.
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