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Winter Driving Problems

winter driving problemsSome people love the snow. Others dread it. All Midwesterners have to deal with it at some point. Unless we want to stay cooped up in our houses for four months, we’re forced to drive in winter weather conditions.

Many winter driving problems can be avoided or lessened with proper preparation. Here are some tips to help you avoid or deal with undesirable winter driving problems:

  • Check your tire condition now. Check for proper tread, proper inflation, and any other issues like bulges or uneven wearing. If you’re not sure how to do this, stop by and we’ll take a look.
  • Get your oil changed, tires rotated, and other general maintenance done. Winter is NOT the time to gamble with your vehicle running well.
  • Talk to a tire specialist at the TireZoo about whether snow (winter) tires are a good option for you.
  • Have winter gear in your vehicle and be prepared for a situation where you’d be stalled for a while on the side of the road.
  • Never go anywhere, especially at night or in stormy conditions without someone knowing that you’re traveling and which route you’re taking.
  • Keep your phone charged and a charger with you, but don’t assume your phone will work when you need it.
  • At the first indication of trouble, pull your car off the road and away from other traffic.
  • Alert oncoming traffic that you’re there, especially if visibility is pour. Use your hazard lights or reflector triangles behind your vehicle.
  • In the case of a flat tire, call a tow truck unless you know how to change the tire and have all the necessary items to change the tire and keep yourself safe and warm while doing so.
  • Calling 911 is always an option if you are worried about your safety, have children in the car, and your situation is hazardous.