Winter Driving Tips!

by Sales Team on November 27, 2014

Winter DrivingPlease keep our roads safe this winter by being prepared and driving for the conditions. We have put together some tips for you to keep in mind for winter driving.

It’s important to keep your vehicle(s) in shape for driving in the winter.

  • Winterize your ride by having the battery, heater, defroster, hoses, belts, anti-freeze, brakes, tires and wipers checked. We would also recommend putting winter tires on your vehicle(s) for superior traction.
  • Have a snowbrush/ice scraper handy and make sure to always completely brush all snow and ice off your vehicle’s windshield, windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights and roof.
  • Try to maintain your vehicle’s gas tank at a minimum of half full in case you become stranded.
  • Carry a winter emergency road kit. This kit should include a blanket, extra clothing, non-perishable food, first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, sand or kitty litter, and shovel.

Drive according to the conditions.

  • In snowy and icy conditions, slow down and play it safe. Remember, the posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions. Take your time to get to your destination safely.
  • Put your headlights on during a snow storm and never use cruise control.
  • If you can, avoid previous tire tracks and drive outside them for extra traction within your lane .
  • Avoid sudden changes in direction or slamming on your brakes as you could spin out of control.

From all of us at Gateway Toyota Scion, stay safe out there on the roads, and if you still need to winterize your vehicle, do not hesitate to contact our Service Department to book an appointment!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike March 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

Hi. When would you recommend changing from winter tires back to all season tires, in Edmonton. Our second car, an older compact will be used to travel to the mountains in early April. So will get oil change and checks and could put all seasons on before trip. Any thoughts? It Could always snow and there may be some evening/ night driving. But if warmer a lot of tire wear if winter tires still on. Thanks. Mike

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Sales Team March 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Mike

The tire manufactures recommend changing the winter tires out when the average temperature stays above +7, if you are planning trip into the mountains I would recommend keeping the winter tires on for the trip and switching them out for you when you are back. There might be a little more wear happening but we all know what can happen in the mountains.

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