If you’re trekking to Grandma’s house, driving to the airport, or making the holiday party rounds, weather can greatly impact your travel plans.
Being prepared to handle challenging winter weather can help provide peace of mind this holiday travel season. As a recent recipient of the 2013 Women’s Choice Awards for “America’s Best” Premium Brand Tire; Tire Retailer; Auto Service Retailer; and Automotive, Goodyear is committed to helping consumers hit the road safely this winter!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving in winter months:
WINTER TRAVEL TIPS
• See Your Way Through the Storm – Make sure to check your wiper blades. Worn blades freeze during snow storms making your windshield wipers ineffective.
• Stay Half Full - Keeping your gas tank at least half full during the winter will decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing, which could hurt the car’s performance or cause stalling.
• Take the Lead Out of Your Foot - Remember, just because you have superior traction doesn’t mean you can speed in snowy and icy conditions. When approaching intersections, stop signs, turns or any area where you have to decelerate, take your foot off the gas, apply the brakes gently and give yourself a cushion in case the road is slippery.
• DO check your tire pressure and tread; your tires need extra traction to keep your car on the road. It’s important to have adequate tire tread; in particularly cold climates, drivers should consider investing in superior performing winter tires like Goodyear’s Ultra Grip family of tires. This line leverages innovative technology to provide the most reliable traction in challenging conditions.
• DO check your battery’s charge level; winter’s extreme cold can result in weakened car batteries.
• DO keep a survival kit, including a flashlight with new batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, cell phone charger, jumper cables, flares, a HELP sign, and a first aid kit. A survival kit may seem unnecessary, but could save your life if you get caught in extreme conditions.
• DON’T immediately turn your car’s heated defroster on high; the resulting temperature difference can crack your windshield, so defrost at medium heat.
• DON’T drive until your front and rear windshield and side windows are clear of ice. Most motorists aren’t aware that in many states it is illegal to drive with poor visibility.
• DON’T use an ice scraper to remove ice from anywhere other than the windows. Using an ice scraper on your car’s paint can scratch and chip the paint, resulting in costly repairs.
Driving conditions can vary this time of year based on where you live. Goodyear has advice for drivers taking on snowy and icy conditions, and tips for drivers who face wet and rainy conditions. For whatever Mother Nature has in store, Goodyear has a special deal to ensure you are armed with superior performing tires.