As we all know here in the Twin Cities, winter can bring a lot of hazards on the road. You don’t just have to worry about icy roads and poor visibility. You also have to worry about other drivers, black ice, sudden snow squalls… the list goes on and on. As experts in car repair in the Twin Cities, we see our share of cars that have sustained damage thanks to a collision during bad weather. So here are a few tips on how to stay safe on the road this winter.
Slow and steady wins the race
If you have to be out on the roads during bad weather and you want to try to avoid car repair expenses, take your drive slow and steady. Stay at or well below the speed limit, depending on driving conditions. Even if your car is four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, do not allow that to give you a false sense of security. These types of cars are still susceptible to car accidents and car repair.
Do not follow the car in front of you too closely. When the weather is bad, you should double or triple the normal distance you leave between you and the car in front of you. The rule of thumb is for every 10mph you are traveling, you should give yourself at least four car lengths of space ahead of you. So if you are traveling 40mph, you should have at least 16 car lengths between you and the car in front of you. Taking these steps can help you avoid car repair.
Keep an eye out for stop signs, stop lights and curves
When driving, always keep an eye on the road ahead and look for any signs you will need to come to a complete stop or slow down. When that happens, start to gently apply your brakes. If you start to feel that your tires are losing traction, do not slam on your brakes. Just ease off of the accelerator and allow the car to slow down by itself. As long as your tires have traction, you still have a chance of steering yourself away from an accident and the need for car repair.
You should always wear your seat belt when in a car, regardless of the weather, but this is extra important during a snow or ice storm. If you do not have to drive when it is snowing out, then you should stay where you are until the weather clears and the streets are cleared. Not driving on snowy and icy roads can also help prevent the need for car repair.
For more information on car repair in the Twin Cities, call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or Contact Us.