January 2nd, 2019 by

Now that the chilly temperatures have set in this winter, is your vehicle ready for the cold? Parts of the country will experience snow and ice and it’s important to be prepared to drive in these conditions if you live in those areas. Having year-round preventative maintenance is important but it’s especially important when it comes to driving in the winter. Hawkins Chevrolet has 4 tips on how to stay safe driving in the snow this winter.

Slow Down and Know Your Brakes
Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to maintaining control on snow-covered or icy roads. All maneuvers take longer and are less predictable when the roads have snow on them. Make sure to brake well before having to stop when it’s icy out. Since your vehicle reacts slower in the snow, keep a longer following distance than you normally would. Stopping on ice requires at least twice the distance you need when it’s above freezing, according to AAA. If you need your brakes checked to ensure safe driving this winter, contact Hawkins Chevrolet to schedule your appointment.

Get Your Car Serviced
You don’t want your vehicle breaking down in any season, but especially during winter. Start the season off by ensuring your vehicle will keep you safe in the cold and snowy weather. Visit your mechanic for a tune-up and have your vehicle checked for any leaks, tire tread, or any worn hoses so they can be repaired or replaced.

Consider Snow Tires
Tires are a key factor in winter driving because they are the driving force to keep your vehicle connected to the road. If your tires lose grip, you may lose control and get into an accident. If you drive in winter conditions often, you might want to swap all-season tires for snow tires. They work better even when the weather is dry and cold because of their flexible rubber compounds. Hawkins Chevrolet can replace your tires with snow tires so call to schedule this replacement before it’s too late.

Know Your Vehicle
Every vehicle handles differently so take the time to learn how your vehicle handles winter weather driving conditions. It’s also important to know your automotive parts and automotive accessories that come with your vehicle. Checking the exhaust to make sure the snow is cleared from the tailpipe. If you are waiting for someone, keep the window open a crack to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Using cruise control during a snowstorm is not recommended because you can easily lose control. Make sure all the lights on your vehicle are in working order. Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and interior lights. And if you are unsure if these are in working order, contact Hawkins Chevrolet to help.

Have your vehicle checked and come in for a tune-up at Hawkins Chevrolet. To schedule your appointment, call us at 507-238-4786 or visit our website. Hawkins Chevrolet is your trusted dealership in Fairmont.

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