Read Articles:

Auto Tools For The DIY'er
The Cooling System
Checking Fluids
The Exhaust System
Bumpers: Its Importance, Functions an...
High Quality Parts Perfect for Old Fo...
Steering and Suspension System - Auto...
Should you keep your old car or buy a...
Motorcycle Leather: A Purchasing Guid...
Driving Safely in the Dark
Security Release: Important Tips For ...
How to Install Neon & LED Interior Ca...
The Top 10 Dealership Scams To Watch ...
How to install Neon & LED Under car l...
Your Quick And Easy Guide To Car Main...
The Importance of a Healthy Car Exhau...
All About Wheels: Guide In Buying Rep...
Best Advice and Tips to Be Used when ...
Find car parts online
An Introduction to Trailer Hitches -
The Importance of Snow Tire Chains -
Thinking About Renting Tire Chains? -
Auto Parts Corner Promotes Safe and R...
The future of UK roads
Buying a New Car? Why Not Modify Your...
How to Transport Your Classic Car -
A Look at Car Transport Trailers -
Kids and Cars - Driving Is More Hazar...
Car Color Trivia
Transporting Your Exotic Car -
How to Choose a Car Transport Company -
Save at the Gas Pump - Real Money Sav...
Just what is auto air conditioning?
Your Engine, Your Baby: Synthetic or ...
Synthetic Lubricants Mean Less Depend...
The New Truck From Honda: Ridgeline
Best Negotiating Tips When Buying An ...
World Class Honda Car Parts Sold By P...
Performance and Safety Equation Redef...
Honda Parts Meet the Standards of the...
Tips On Choosing Discount Tires
Be a backyard mechanic
Some Security Measures for Parking Lots
Car alarm - attempt to discourage the...
In the Nick of Time: Your Carís Serpe...
Hybrid Hype and a Small Price Hike
2006 Toyota Tacoma
Do you have enough car insurance?
Soup Up Your Toyota, Let Toyota Parts...
Finding Cheap Car Transport Services -
Parts Train Ensures Durability and Pe...
Choosing a Car Stereo
2005 Mitsubishi Outlander Reinforced ...
Why Won't My Car Start?
Extra Tough and Durable Hubcaps now a...
The Benefits of Rough Terrain Forklif...
The Benefits of Fiberglass Tonneau Co...
Only the Best Ford Aftermarket Spoile...
Affordable Spoilers and Performance P...
Parts Train offers High quality Perfo...
Parts Train's Replacement Parts, Afte...
Parts Train presents the Best Wheels ...
A Look at Used Forklifts -
Parts Train offers the Best Spoilers ...
Parts Train now offers exceptional Po...
OEM and Aftermarket Parts: Parts Trai...
Durable and Long-lasting Radiator Par...
The Best Performance Accessories for ...
Only the Best Aftermarket Parts and P...
Parts to Perk Up Your Ford Vehicle Of...

More Article Pages 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Tips For Winter Driving
 by: David Maillie

Winter driving can be hazardous and stressful. Wind, snow, ice and blizzard conditions increase the normal dangers of driving. There is a lot you can do before the winter driving season and during a storm to protect yourself and your family.

Before winter arrives, have your car inspected to be sure it is ready for the road conditions. You can do this yourself or take it to a qualified mechanic. Check the battery, wipers and fluid, thermostat, brakes, ignition system, antifreeze, exhaust system, lights, oil level, heater and defrosters. Make sure everything is in good working order to keep you safe throughout the cold weather.

Check your tires to be sure they are road ready. Install tires that are appropriate for the driving conditions. In moderate amounts of snow, all weather radials will do the job nicely. If you live in a climate where you experience a lot of snow, consider snow tires. These have better tread to deal with snow and ice.

Prepare an emergency kit to keep in the back of your car. This will ensure that you are prepared in the event that you get stuck in the snow. Things to include in the kit:

Ice scraper
Small broom
Small shovel
Kitty litter or a bag of sand (to give traction if you get stuck in snow or ice)
Blankets or a sleeping bag
Flashlight with batteries
Flares or warning triangles
Plastic bags
First aid kit
Tool kit
Jumper cables
Bright cloth to use as a flag
Help sign for back window
Extra hat and gloves
Food and water to sustain you if you get stuck
A book, Bible or Prayer Cards to keep you busy and calm in the event you get stuck.
Charged cell phone (always carry this, especially in the winter)

Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. This adds weight to the car and will ensure that you wonít run out of gas in the event you get stuck.

Driving in the Snow

Pay attention to the weather forecasts and road conditions in the winter months. If the weather is bad, stay home if at all possible. If you must venture out, travel in the daylight. You are more likely to find help if you get stuck during the day. Never warm up your vehicle in the garage. This releases carbon monoxide, which is toxic and can kill you.

When driving, always wear your seatbelt. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun reflecting off the snow. Know your car and how it handles in the snow. Features like traction control and antilock brakes can be useful in bad weather conditions. Know how these work and if your car is new, practice driving it in a snow covered parking lot before venturing out on the road.

Take it slow, especially in icy conditions. Donít tailgate and be sure to allow a safe distance between vehicles. Do everything slowly, stopping, accelerating and turning. Leave plenty of time and space to maneuver. Sliding and skidding usually happen when turning, stopping or accelerating. Going extra slow will ensure your safety.

If the visibility is low, slow down even more. Consider getting off highways and driving even slower. This will take you out of the path of large trucks that can cause accidents. Use only your low beams, as your high beams will reflect back off the snow and wonít increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights to be sure other drivers see you.

In the event your car gets stuck, donít get out. Put up the hood and tie your cloth to the antennae. This will make you more visible to emergency vehicles and other drivers. Keep the windows, air grill and tail pipe clear of snow. Wrap up in blankets and huddle up with passengers to stay warm. Run the heat for fifteen minutes each hour to keep from freezing. Move your body around to stay warm.

Keeping your car clean throughout the winter is important. Salt on the roads is important for safety, but will wreak havoc on the finish. If left on for long periods, it can cause rusting. Wash your vehicle weekly to remove salt and wax to protect the paint. Salt also leaves a coating on your headlights that can impair their operation. This will make you less visible to other vehicles. New Lite Headlight Cleaner and Restorer will return the lights to like new condition.

About The Author
 

David Maillie is a chemist with over 12 years experience in biochemical research and clynical analysis. He is an alumni of Cornell University and specializes in biochemical synthesis for public, private, and governmental interests. He holds numerous patents including his recently awarded patent for headlight cleaner and restorer. He can be reached at M.D. Wholesale: http://www.mdwholesale.com.

 



© Copyright 2006, Paul Sparks - Resources, Lesson Plans and Information for Teaching English Abroad