Winter Driving Tips to Help Keep You Safe

Winter is a challenging season for drivers everywhere — even those in the Southeast. No matter what you drive, knowing how to navigate through adverse weather conditions will greatly improve your chances of getting to your destination safely.

Here are four things we recommend you keep in mind.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Be easy

Whether you’re moving from a stop or bringing your vehicle to a stop, lightly applying the pedals will provide you with greater control over your car. When the light turns green, gently pressing the accelerator helps the tires grip the road and propel you forward safely. Slowly applying the brake pedal brings your car, truck, or SUV to a safe, controlled stop with minimal skidding on the snow, ice, or slush.

A safe alternative to pressing the brake pedal is to simply release the gas pedal when you need to slow your vehicle down. The additional precipitation on the road and your slower speed will help it decelerate naturally.

Keep your distance

If you do have to go out in adverse weather conditions because of work or it’s time to head home, giving yourself extra time will let you drive at a safe, comfortable speed that fits the conditions. When you maintain a reasonable distance from the vehicle ahead of you, you’ll give yourself plenty of time to slow down and stop if they suddenly do.

Stay focused

Driving, especially in winter, is an active and engaged experience. When you sit upright with both hands on the steering wheel, you’ll be ready for nearly anything you encounter. Keeping your head up and eyes on the road ahead allows you to be proactive and defensive against cars stopping suddenly or pulling out into traffic.

Pack extra essentials

Being proactive is an excellent way to be prepared for any emergency. Having an emergency box in the trunk of your vehicle can help you get out of a jam or remain safe while you wait for roadside assistance to arrive. When you’re preparing your vehicle for summer or winter driving, you can easily examine the contents of your emergency box to make sure any expired items or batteries are fresh and up to date.

You’ll be ready for most anything by adding the following to your emergency box:

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Small shovel
  • Drinking water and high-energy snacks
  • Flares
  • Blankets

Prepare for Winter Driving in Burlington, NC

Schedule a service center appointment at Cox Toyota in Burlington, North Carolina. Our certified technicians can get your vehicle ready for the winter weather. You can also contact us with any questions.