Cold weather can create some of the harshest driving conditions of the year. The months between October and February top the list for accidents, vehicle damage and injuries.
“Advanced safety technology is a great development, but it’s no match for Mother Nature with her icy roads and snow drifts,” said Dean Fisher, chief operating officer for CARSTAR. “Drivers today sometimes have a false sense of security with vehicle safety systems. But what some may not realize is that if those sensors are covered in ice and snow, they may not perform optimally, putting the driver in danger.
“The key to winter driving is proper preparation, some preventative driving measures and an eye on the weather report. Every winter, I protect myself and my vehicle with an added measure of caution and encourage other drivers to do the same.”
CARSTAR repairs thousands of vehicles each year damaged in snowy or icy conditions and has provided a few helpful tips to make winter driving safer.
Check Your Visibility:
• Add de-icer to your windshield wiper fluid.
• Make sure your windshield wipers are free of ice before heading out on the road---and consider updating with new flexible windshield wipers before the snow hits.
• Make sure all mirrors are clear and properly adjusted for visibility.
• Clean your headlights and check the bulbs in all of your vehicle lights---front and rear.
• Clear the snow and ice from the sensors in your bumpers, windshield, front headlamps and side mirrors.
Slow Down and Stay Back:
• When there is snow or ice on the ground, drop your speed to a safe limit.
• Leave extra distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you for additional safety.
• Do not use cruise control on icy roads.
• Use caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads because these may be slippery from ice.
• Use extra caution when driving on one-lane roads.