8 Tips to Stay Safe on the Road This Winter

Winter months are some of the busiest for road trips — families heading to warmer areas, taking part in winter activities, or visiting family for the holidays. If your adventures lead you away from Michigan, here are 8 tips to keep you safe:

  1. Slow down.  If you are driving in snow, plan on 50% more time to slow down in poor conditions.  Also, plan on needing a little more momentum when you do have to push through snow up a steep grade. Take it slow and stay safe.
  2. Stay nimble.  A smooth touch on the steering will help keep you in control.  A tight grip and high nerves can result in a loss of control of your vehicle.
  3. Prepare for a skid.  It is easy to lock up your brakes or lose control on a slick road. If you find yourself in a skip, stay calm and gently steer into the skid. Avoid braking as it can make the skip worse. Being prepared will help you recover control of your vehicle safely.
  4. Pack a survival kit.  Include food that can sustain high energy. Hydration helps sustain your alertness. If traffic prevents you from getting to your destination or exit as scheduled or if you get stuck in an emergency, you’ll be prepared.
  5. Stop. It is tempting to fight though the weather and drive, but you will need stops to stretch, eat, remain alert, and make the trip less stressful. When weather looks bad, stay safe and stay home.
  6. Don’t wander.  If you get stranded, don’t leave your vehicle.  Make sure your exhaust is clear of obstructions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Stay alert and wait for help when you are stuck.
  7. Tires. Keep them inflated and in good shape.  Tire depth should never drop below 1/8”.  Cold weather drops tire pressure, so check frequently to maintain good fuel economy and control of your vehicle.
  8. Know your route.  Keep on top of weather conditions, traffic, delays, and closures. Make a list of Department of Transportation hotlines and websites where you will travel so you can stay informed on the road.

All of the experienced technicians at Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts hope you have fun, safe adventures this winter.  If you have any questions about your vehicle before your next journey, please stop in and see us. Request an appointment for your pre-trip inspection or call our Walled Lake auto repair shop at (248) 668-1200.

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