Driving in the winter is just a fact of life in Minnesota. It’s important to mindful of the harsher weather conditions and the effects that they can have on your vehicle and driving ability. Here are some do’s and don’ts that AutoPro Auto Service recommend that you’re aware of when driving during the colder seasons.
Winter driving is safer with winter tires. They grip the road better than all-season tires.
Tires pressure decreases during the colder months, so make sure that your tires have good pressure.
Should you find yourself stranded on the road, make sure that snow is cleared from the tailpipe so you can run the heat and stay warm.
Be cautious of other vehicles on the road that are unable to stop.
To avoid skidding and brake lock-up, pump the breaks.
Don’t tailgate because it takes longer to stop on snow.
Use extreme caution on overpasses and bridges because they tend to freeze.
Roads with snow and ice require you to slow down. Be particularly cautious when turning corners.
Be mindful of gas levels. You don’t want to have your fuel lines freeze and you’ll want to have enough gas to make sure your heater is functioning optimally during the winter weather.
A helpful tip is to drive slower and follow tire tracks left by large trucks.
If you end up getting stuck in the snow, shovel prior to revving the gas because you’ll end up digging yourself in deeper.
The team at AutoPro Auto Service wants you in in a car that’s safe and comfortable during the colder months. Let us know if you have any questions about safety tips when you’re driving in the snow. To schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance, an inspection, or any other auto repairs, contact us. We are located at 7901 W. River Road in Brooklyn Park, MN.