Driving in the winter can be harrowing, especially in snowstorms and icy conditions. By getting your car ready for winter and using some simple tips to drive safely, you can face almost any weather Mother Nature decides to send your way.

Prepare Your Car for Winter
In addition to annual maintenance, here are some tips to winterize your car:

Test your battery; battery power drops as the temperature drops
Make sure the cooling system is in good working order
Have winter tires with a deeper, more flexible tread put on your car
If using all-season tires, check the tread on your tires and replace if less than 2/32 of an inch
Check the tire pressure; tire pressure drops as the temperature drops
Check your wiper blades and replace if needed
Add wiper fluid rated for -30 degrees
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze
Remember to keep your car’s emergency preparedness kit fully stocked, too.

Before You Start Out
Clean your car’s external camera lenses and side view mirrors so you’ll be able to see what’s around you
Remove dirt, ice and snow from sensors to allow the assistive-driving features like automatic emergency braking to work
In frigid weather, you may want to warm up the car before you drive it
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never leave a vehicle running in your garage – even with the garage door up
If the forecast looks iffy, wait out the storm if possible; if you must travel, share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave

How to Avoid a Crash
AAA offers the following driving tips:

Avoid using cruise control in wintry conditions
Steer in the direction of a skid, so when your wheels regain traction, you don’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane, take the New York PIRP Class program.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly
Increase following distance to 8 to 10 seconds
If possible, don’t stop when going uphill

8 Kommentare

  1. 01

    Und wo bleibt die iPhone/iPad-App?

  2. 02

    Eventuell müsste der Spoiler hinten dran glauben, damit Platz für Einkäufe ist und so.

  3. 03

    Grandioses Gefährt! Genau mein Ding :)
    Allein wenn ich das Wort OutRun lese, hab ich sofort das 8-Bit Gedudel im Ohr…

  4. 04

    Da fehlt ganz klar ein Fuchsschwanz.

  5. 05

    … und wer Lust hat mal am echten Automaten zu spielen (und noch 60 anderen), der fährt einfach mal nach Karlsruhe zu RetroGames e. V. ;)

  6. 06

    Cool! So was möchte ich dann auch haben, wenn es soweit ist. Wenn jetzt noch Gepäckraum da wäre, dann ist es der ideale Hackenporscheersatz ;-)

    Hier ein Gefährt aus Kindertagen (nichtkommerzieller Link) http://bit.ly/bax4Vy

  7. 07

    Ja das waren noch Zeiten. Super. Erinnere mich gerne zurück daran.