Are you going to be getting out of town this holiday season? If you’re heading north, you may find yourself hitting some winter weather, which means driving on ice, snow, and slush. It’s important to make sure that both you and your car are ready for it! That’s where our N Charlotte Toyota dealership comes in – we’re sharing our top five tips for driving in these conditions, as well as tips for prepping your car accordingly.
Driving on ice is easy with our tips
Let’s start with our top five N Charlotte Toyota tips for tackling driving on ice!
Tip 1: Slow, steady, and smooth wins the race. You’ll want to take your speed down a notch so you have better control over your car, and be careful of how you accelerate and brake. Stomping on the gas and brakes will make you more likely to lose traction and slide out. Also, be sure to take turns carefully so your back wheels don’t lose their grip on the road.
Tip 2: Our second tip has to do with black ice – it’s very slippery, and also difficult to see. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for it. You’ll spot it when you see a patch of pavement that appears dry, but looks a little darker and glossier than normal. Avoid it if you can, and tread carefully if you can’t!
Tip 3: Avoid using cruise control and focus on the road. Now is the time to bust out your best defensive driving skills, and pay close attention to the road and your surroundings. You’ll also want to avoid using cruise control, as it reduces the amount of control you have over your car and leaves you more likely to get into an accident as you can’t react as quickly.
Tip 4: Approach hills with caution. Some people are tempted to slam on the gas to get to the top of a hill as quickly as possible, while others want to drive super slowly. Your best bet? Neither of these tactics. We recommend simply taking the hill at an even, normal speed and avoiding hitting your brakes to reduce the chances of you spinning out or sliding backward.
Tip 5: Keep an emergency car kit in your car. This kit should include things like blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, water, kitty litter, and more so you’re prepped in case you find yourself in a collision, with a dead car, or in any other roadside emergency. Toyota of N Charlotte can help you put one together!
N Charlotte auto service can get your car ready for winter conditions
You should also schedule N Charlotte auto service to prepare your car, like tire service, brake service, battery service, and headlight service. That way you have the tools you need to hit the road!
Want to schedule auto service at Toyota of N Charlotte or simply get more tips for driving on ice? Call us today at (888) 378-1214