The holidays are here, and if you plan on commuting to see family members or finish up your shopping, then you are likely aware of the inclement weather that this season brings. Statistics show that many motorists brave the winter weather for a variety of reasons. No matter your incentive, it is vital to hit the road with a full arsenal of safe driving tips to ensure that you’re prepared for any surprises.
One way to achieve peace of mind behind the wheel is to make sure that your vehicle’s vital components are in proper working order. Motorists lacking properly working seatbelts, airbag modules, or ABS modules may find that their vehicle performance is lacking. MyAirbags is here to serve as your cost-effective alternative to dealership repairs, including airbag module resets, seat belt repairs, and more! You simply remove the part yourself and ship it to us, and our team will provide a fast and effective reset or repair and ship the part right back to you. No other company empowers drivers to save hundreds of dollars simply by taking on their vehicle repairs with the help of a quality team.
Keep reading for a few winter driving tips to help keep you safe this holiday season. Looking for quality repairs? Check out our site to learn about all of our services!
Pack the Right Equipment
Even if you’re just risking the weather to pick up some hot pizza, it is essential to stock up on the necessary gear to keep you safe, just in case. It is also important to remember to pack vital tools such as your ice scraper. (It may not snow when you leave the house, but what about when you leave work?). Those commuting through landscapes known for harsh conditions should remember to add in extra just-in-case supplies, including cat litter in case you really get stuck!
Beyond this, it pays to be prepared with a full complement of gear, including the following:
- Broom or snow shovel (to help clear away snow)
- Extra coat and blankets (to protect you from the cold)
- Jumper cables, flashlight or headlamp, and roadside markers
- Backup water and extra food (just in case)
- A cell phone charger
While some of these items may sound like overkill, you’ll be happy to have them in the event you’re stuck in the midst of snowmageddon!
When the roads become slippery, it is essential to exercise extreme caution to avoid any problems. Wintry conditions can change in an instant, leaving many drivers stressed or stranded. Safe driving is essential here, so be sure to plan extra time into your commute before following these tip:
- Only drive when necessary — If the conditions are intimidating, we recommend staying in until the weather improves. Even experienced winter drivers can find themselves in dangerous situations, so be sure to only go out if you have to!
- Clean off the vehicle — It’s tempting to only scrape off enough ice to see the road and let your defroster do the rest, but taking the time to completely clean your car can provide serious visual improvements.
- Lower your speed — Just because the sign says 75 mph, it doesn’t mean you should go that fast! Slower vehicles take less time and space to come to a complete stop, so be sure to account for any traction loss as you set your cruising speed.
- Give motorists more room — Longer stopping distances mean you shouldn’t tail slower drivers. Many professionals recommend a distance of six seconds to ensure enough room in case something goes wrong.
- Stop and start slowly — Putting your pedal to the metal will not help you move faster! Feed your vehicle gas with caution to avoid skidding out. The same is true for braking — try to avoid stopping quickly, as you’ll be more likely to lose traction.
- Avoid stopping when possible — A full stop will require you to get your car moving again, which may prove problematic in icy conditions. We recommend keeping your vehicle at a slow crawl, if possible, to avoid sliding out when it’s time to go.
- Watch out for big hills — The amount of force needed to get your vehicle moving once it is stopped on an incline may outweigh the traction available. Try to get some momentum when going up a hill, and do your best to avoid stopping once you are on the incline.
Check Your Vehicle
Before you hit the road, it’s important to do a few checks to ensure that your vehicle is ready. This process should be quick and provide complete peace of mind.
- Windshield fluid — Nobody likes to run out of fluid when they need it most! Be sure to check your reservoir of windshield fluid is full before hitting the road (and make sure it is the winter mix!).
- Battery life — Winter conditions can put considerable strain on your battery. Take the time to test it this winter to ensure that your vehicle will not be left dead on the side of the road!
- Fuel tank — Extra weight means more traction, right? A full tank will help to keep you warm and safe just in case you get stuck in traffic or on the side of the road for a prolonged period of time.
- Sandbags — Rear-wheel-drive vehicles do not have the weight of the engine to provide additional traction. A couple of bags of sand in the bed of the vehicle (over the rear axle) may provide additional traction when it is most needed.
Rely on Us for Seat Belt Repairs and More!
MyAirbags is here to provide fast, cost-effective repairs for your vehicle’s vital components. It is important to be safe this winter, and with our seat belt repairs or strap replacements, ABS module repairs, airbag module resets, ECU/PCM/TCM restorations, and more, you’ll be able to hit the road with confidence.
Have questions about our services? You can check out our Help Center for more information, or contact us online for complete assistance. We look forward to saving you money and providing stress relief this season, so be sure to get started before the snow falls!