Safe Winter Driving Tips for Washingtonians
Living in Washington exposes a driver to all sorts of nasty conditions throughout the year. Keep yourself and your passengers safe by brushing up on some safe winter driving tips. There are a few key things you need to know before taking to the roads this winter.
Dealing with black ice is one of the most common winter driving tips for good reason. Black ice is dangerous because it’s nearly impossible to see on the road. The best way to prepare for black ice is to know where it might be. It typically comes from moisture that freezes once it’s already on the ground, so expect to find it where liquid can accumulate.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and at the bottom of hills. Black ice is more common in shady areas where the sun can’t melt it. Go slowly and avoid sharp turns to minimize danger.
Downpours of rain can reduce visibility and create slick conditions. Stay prepared by keeping your car well equipped. Replace your tires as needed and keep them well-inflated to create maximum traction. Windshield wiper blades see a lot of action in this part of Washington, so make sure those are in top condition too. If your wipers are fresh and you still can’t see in the rain, it might mean you need new headlights or additional fog lights.
Snow can reduce the contact between your tires and the road. This makes it harder to control your car, so it’s important to make sure all your equipment is in great condition. Check tire tread and pressure before driving in snow. Since skidding can be an issue, double check that your brakes are in great shape as well.
In case of emergency, it’s good to have some extra supplies on hand. Getting prepared with a small disaster kit can help you be ready for anything. Be sure to include the following:
- Water and Snacks
- First Aid Kit
- Blankets and Warm Clothes
- Cell Phone Charger
- Gas Can with Extra Fuel
- Ice Scraper
- Jumper Cable
- Tire Chains
- Road Flares or Reflective Signs
- Greg’s Japanese Auto Roadside Assistance Card
Best Vehicle Maintenance in Western Washington
Regular maintenance is the best way to make sure your car is ready for anything winter can throw at it. Greg’s Japanese Auto offers premium services in all areas including safety diagnostics and routine maintenance. We’ll make sure your vehicle is tuned just right to handle any driving conditions you might encounter, but we’ll never try to over-sell you services you don’t need. Before you leave, make sure to ask your Service Advisor about our complimentary Rewards Program that includes 24/7 Nationwide Roadside Assistance. Come see us today at one of our 8 locations in Western Washington.
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