Winter driving demands your attention in these areas:

  • Clear snow and ice from all of your vehicle before driving to prevent loose snow from blocking visibility when on the road

  • Check for snow and ice buildup in the wheel wells and clear before driving to prevent it from affecting vehicle handling

  • Carry emergency equipment

  • Test the road surface by braking (after checking to make sure no one is following)

  • Leave ample space between your vehicle and the one ahead

  • Avoid piles of snow that might conceal road hazards

  • When snow is falling, turn on your lights so other drivers can see you

  • Don't overestimate the capability of all-wheel drive

  • Consider installing winter tires, which can improve traction as much as 50 percent

  • Pay attention! Avoid eating, drinking, talking on the cell phone, and other activities that take your attention away from the road.

Cold Weather Reminder: Check the Air Pressure in Your Tires

As air temperatures cool, so does the temperature of the air in your vehicle's tires, contracting the space that it fills. Air pressure drops, underinflating the tires.

Referring to the recommended air pressure in the Owner's Manual or on the label mounted on the driver's door pillar, check tire air pressure for underinflation. Underinflated tires can reduce fuel economy and lead to premature wear of your tires.

If your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, heed its warnings concerning loss of air pressure.


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