Winter is almost here. For many states, it brings a lot of snow. It’s great to look at and play in. But what about driving in it? Here are some helpful tips.

Prepare Your Car

  • Plan your drive. Avoid steep hills and congested areas. And try to find streets that will be plowed, de-iced or sanded.
  • Pack emergency supplies, like food, water, blankets, etc. You need to be prepared for anything.
  • Pack sand or cat litter. You can sprinkle it on the ground if your wheels get stuck.
  • Pack a tire repair kit. It should have a small compressor, a hose, and a bottle of sticky sealant.
  • Check your tire pressure and tread before you hit the road. Make sure all four of them are properly inflated and can withstand the rough weather.
  • Inspect your spare tire. Make sure it has enough air and tread in case you need to use it.
  • Consider winter tires. They’re designed to help you maintain traction in rough weather.
  • Check your tailpipe. It might be clogged, and deadly carbon monoxide can seep into your cabin.
  • Top off your windshield washer fluid. Be sure to use a liquid that doesn’t freeze. And always have an extra gallon in your car during winter.
  • Clean off your headlights and taillights. They may be covered in snow, ice or slush. You want to see as far as possible ahead of you, and let other drivers see you.
  • Fill up your gas tank. You don’t want to run out of gas while stuck in traffic or in the middle of nowhere in a snow storm.
  • Clear away all snow and ice from your car. Start your engine so it can defrost. Then scrape off all windows so you can see in every direction.

On the Road

  • Use four-wheel or all-wheel drive if you have it. It’s better for driving in rough road and weather conditions.
  • Use your headlights. They’ll improve your visibility and allow other drivers to see you.
  • Slow down. You need to leave plenty of room between your car and the ones in front of you. You’ll have less traction, which means your tires will slide. So you need a greater stopping distance.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Pressing the gas or brakes too hard can make you lose traction.
  • Leave more room for braking. You need twice the amount of car lengths between you and others when the roads are slick.
  • Don’t use cruise control. You need to be in full control of your car and your speed at all times. Then you can react quickly if needed.
  • Don’t get distracted. You need to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. Then you’ll be ready for anything.
  • Heed flashing light
  • Respect snowplows. They clear the roads, so they’re helping you drive. They also might have obstructed vision, which means they might not see your car. So keep a safe distance from them.

Winter-Ready Vehicles in Forest Lake, MN

Almost every Chevy is equipped for winter. There’s the Blazer, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado 1500, and more! Test drive them all right here in Forest Lake, MN. We have unbeatable prices and an amazing Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. We’ll also put on your winter tires. Just bring your vehicle to our service center. Our dealer is close to Bloomington, Hopkins and Roseville!

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