Winter driving can be dangerous, especially for Arizona drivers that may not be used to driving in the snowier parts of the country. Follow these top ten tips for a safer driving experience:
1. To reduce the chance of a roadside breakdown, be sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Have it serviced every three months.
2. Test your heater and defroster before a snowstorm to make sure both are functioning properly and providing enough heat.
3. Be sure to replace blades that streak the windshield or that are frayed. Refill the washer fluid with the washer antifreeze solution as well.
4. Check that all lights are working. Periodically clear the snow, ice and dirt from your headlights to substantially increase visibility.
5. Batteries need extra power for cold weather starts so be sure to check the functioning of your car’s battery. And make sure that the cables are secure.
6. Check your fuel level. Always keep your gas tank at least half full. This will help you avoid gas line freeze-up.
7. Sunlight reflecting off snow can make it difficult to see, so keep a pair of polarized sunglasses in your car to protect your eyes and increase visibility.
8. Be aware of blind spots created by snow banks. Likewise, be conscious and look for pedestrians and vehicles entering intersections.
9. Apply the three-second-plus rule: Allow at least three seconds of space between yourself and the car in front of you.
10. If you feel you are losing traction, don't panic. Take your foot off the accelerator and slow down. Accelerate smoothly once traction is regained.
Following these winter driving tips can help keep you safer on the road.
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