Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:48 a.m. - Wednesday, March 18
As the winter season is upon us, there is no better time than now to consider your safety on the roads this holiday season. According to the NHTSA, 211,188 crashes occur each year due to snow and sleet. To ensure your family’s safety while traveling the snowy roads this winter, below are a few inclement weather driving tips, courtesy of Kelley Blue Book. Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is a trusted vehicle valuation and information source, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars on KBB.com. Log on to kbb.com for more information on driving tips, and see a list of the Top 10 Best Winter Cars. Kelley Blue Book’s Top Tips for Winter Driving 1. Cold diminishes the effectiveness of a car’s battery, so if you haven’t purchased a battery in a while, you may need to buy a new one or have the charging system checked. 2. Make sure your car has proper antifreeze/coolant in the cooling system and check to see the system is working properly. A check of belts and hoses at the same time is advisable. 3. Switch out your tires. If you live in the Snow Belt, dedicated winter tires could well be a better solution. That involves some expense but amortized over several winters the cost will likely be worth it due to the safety and peace of mind you gain. 4. For the best visibility while driving make certain your windshield wipers and windshield washers are working properly. Also, make certain your windshield washer reservoir is filled with wiper solvent. 5. Learn how to handle your car in these situations by practicing in an empty parking lot. Bad weather rewards patience and smoothness. 6. Don’t drive on “E.” Bad weather can descend on you quickly, and it might leave you marooned. 7. Plan for a worst-case scenario. Having warm clothing, gloves, an operating flashlight, and water or liquids in the car can aid your survival and rescue in inclement weather.
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