It’s Cold Outside 12 Tips For Driving In Freezing Conditions

Hi all,

Brrrrr!!! Its blooming freezing out! -8 in our neck of the woods, so I thought it might be sensible to put together some tips for driving in the cold.

  • Be prepared for emergencies – keep a blanket, boots, an extra pair of gloves and a flashlight in the trunk of your car
  • Let the car warm up before setting off and allow an extra 10 minutes to do so.
  • Be sure your car has a communications lifeline in case of emergency, a mobile phone is the obvious solution.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freeze-ups in cold weather climates
  • Have your battery and coolant system checked. Older batteries and weak antifreeze might not provide the protection and functionality in the cold weather, and worse, can cause damage to your vehicle when it’s not running
  • Understand how anti-lock brakes work. Do not pump your brakes. Instead, press firmly on the brake pedal when braking and let the system do the work to stop your car
  • Traction mats, kitty litter, or sand can be used to improve traction on icy surfaces
  • Be sure to have the proper winter-rated tires on your car and be sure to keep them properly inflated
  • Keep an ice and snow scraper with you at all times and be sure to stow it safely when driving.
  • Check the oil and water in the engine and make sure all of your lights are working.
  • Clear all windows so that you have a clear vision of the road from all angles.
  • Do not pour boiling hot water on any part of your vehicle; de-icer spray is the best solution, do not spray on locks though as this may re-freeze them.

Most importantly remember to adjust the way you drive, you can’t take corners as sharply as you might in normal conditions.

Drive safely, and if all else fails, get yourself over to Florida\ where your USA Car Hire doesn’t have to worry about ice. :-)



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