Prep Your Mind and Your Gear for Winter Driving

Winter driving tipsIt’s been a while since driver’s ed class, and winter is the perfect time to review some of the key info that might have gone in one ear and out the other. Particularly in a state like Virginia where winter weather can be unexpected, it’s essential to take the time to prepare.

At Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg, we know it’s a coin toss whether we’ll have a mild winter or another polar vortex. When it comes to safety on the road, though, it’s never worth it to leave things to chance. Follow some quick tips to make sure you’re ready for whatever wind blows your way!

Get to Know Your Vehicle

If you’re accustomed to clear skies and dry roads, you may not spend too much time thinking about traction. Drivers who don’t have a taste for off-roading might not even know what sort of drive system their vehicle has.

Familiarizing yourself with your vehicle, and more specifically the drive train, is essential. Depending on whether your vehicle has front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive, your reaction to a skid will be different. Take the time to learn which wheels power your vehicle and how to respond to a loss of control on icy roads appropriately. Making the right reaction second nature could be the difference between a close call and an accident.

Load Up the Trunk

Safe driving in snowHead to the store and pick up the essentials before you need them. Not only is it best practice to be prepared, but you’ll also beat the rush at the grocery store that’s sure to flood in when the forecast calls for snow.

When you make your shopping list, be sure to include the essentials for your trunk or back seat: warm clothing, water, and food for your comfort in an emergency, and a shovel, salt, and sand or kitty litter to help you get yourself out of a sticky situation.

If you take the time to prepare your mind and your gear for winter weather before it arrives in earnest, you’re assured to have an easier time making the best of frosty roads. For more advice on how you can beat the winter weather, or to make a service appointment to ensure your car is in top shape for the coming months, be sure to contact Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg online or to call our friendly team at (540) 898-5200 today!

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