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John’s Auto Care’s Top 5 Winter Driving Tips!

Now that November is coming to a close, that means winter is coming. For drivers in Meridian, driving in the wintertime can be rough. Not only are temperatures dipping low, but there are snowy conditions to look out for. Plus, our vehicles are more prone to break down or run slower in the cold. To make your life a little easier, remember to follow these 5 winter driving tips to keep things moving on the road:

  1. There’s No Need to Idle - Many people are under the impression that their engines need to warm up before driving. With modern engines, there’s no need for that anymore. In fact, your car takes faster to warm up when it is running on the road. You’re simply just wasting gas. All you have to do is to get in and drive. 
  2. Carry the Right Items - We recommend bringing all the winter-y items with you when you hit the road. This includes a shovel, blankets, coats, extra car fluid, rope, kitty litter or sand, jumper cables, tools, flashlight, chargers, etc. These items can help you get out of sticky situations, such as getting snowed in away from home.
  3. Know How to Handle Your Car on Slick Roads - Hydroplaning is a common phenomenon that occurs when your tires slip and can’t properly grip the road in wet conditions. It is most likely to occur in the first 15-30 minutes of precipitation. When driving in these conditions, please remember to take it slow with accelerating and braking. Otherwise, harsh or sudden braking and acceleration can cause your vehicle to spin out of control.
  4. NEVER Use Boiling Water to Defrost Your Windshield - Blasting your car with heat from hot water is not the move. In fact, it can cause your entire windshield to shatter. It is simply unnatural for your windshield to go from freezing to boiling temperatures. Instead, wait it out the traditional and full-proof way by blasting the defrosters. If you want to speed up the process, try using an ice scraper tool.
  5. Winter Proof Your Car with Maintenance - Last but not least, the best way to stand against the difficulties of driving in the winter is by taking care of your vehicle. You can do the following to avoid unwanted breakdowns and repairs:
  • Battery test
  • Oil Change
  • Add winter tires
  • Fluid flushes
  • Changing wiper blades
  • … and more

Let the professional team at John's Auto Care take care of all your seasonal auto maintenance. Please give us a call or visit our auto repair facility today!

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