Drive Safe this Winter

Winter isn’t over yet and there is still plenty of time to get hit with snow and ice, two things that make roads especially treacherous.

Before heading out, make sure your tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Tires that are too low can cause a blowout, which is dangerous even on a beautiful sunny day. Filling a low tire is also one less thing you want to worry about when the weather is bad.

When you’re driving in wet, slippery weather, never use your cruise control.

Even if you’re heading out due to an emergency, try to fight the urge to move quickly and drive as slowly as possible. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all take longer on snow-covered roads and trying to do any of these things quickly can cause you to lose control.

Increase your distance between your car and the car in front of you. If you have to brake suddenly, that extra distance will allow you to do so safely.

If you’re going up a hill, don’t apply extra gas, as it will cause your wheels to start spinning. Try to get a little speed before you reach the hill and let physics take you the rest of the way. Reduce your speed and go down the hill as slowly as possible, leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front.

Some cars are better equipped for the snow, with all wheel drive cars and trucks being some of the better options.

If it’s time to find a car that is more reliable in the snow, Russell Barnett dealerships has the largest inventory of new cars Monteagle customers can find.