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Winter Driving Safety Tips

It can be very dangerous when driving in the winter as the roads can be very slippery and unpredictable. If you’re not prepared for those dangers, you could find yourself in a scary situation when on the road. As the outside temperatures drop, driving can become more difficult because of the freezing road conditions. To help you drive more safely this winter on snow- and ice-covered roads, we encourage you to follow these winter driving safety tips from Red Hill Toyota. Use these tips and put them to practice the next time you drive and you’ll be a much safer driver in the winter.

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5 Safety Tips for Driving On Winter Roads

There are many winter driving safety tips that will help you drive more safely in the winter and below, you’ll find some of the best ones that will help you make it home safely. Even if you’re an experienced driver, we encourage you to review these winter driving safety tips.

  1. Drive Slower. Driving slower on winter roads can make it easier for you to control your vehicle when driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. Remember, slow and steady is the way to go.
  2. Don’t Drive During Snowstorms. If you can avoid it, do not drive during snowstorms. It’s always best to wait until it’s done snowing and the roads have been cleared.
  3. Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly. For better traction control on snow- and ice-covered roads, it’s recommended that you maintain a steady speed when accelerating and decelerating.
  4. Increase Following Distance. With the slippery road conditions that come with winter driving, you’ll want to give yourself more following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. This will give you more time to safely stop and avoid an accident.
  5. Keep the Windshield Clear. During the daylight hours, there may be slush and water on the road which can get sprayed up onto your windshield. This can cause poor visibility. New windshield wipers and plenty of washer fluid will help you clear the snow, ice and water off of your windshield and provide you with improved visibility while driving.

Now that you’ve learned the top five winter driving safety tips, you’ll be able to drive with more safety this winter. To ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving, contact the service department at Red Hill Toyota to have a certified technician check out your vehicle to be sure that it’s ready for the cold winter ahead.

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