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Winter Preparations and Driving

Winter is coming, are you prepared? While the weather across much of the nation expects to be relatively tame for the season itself, most of the country has experienced sleet, freezing rain, snow and ice in advance of the big day. That is, of course, when a majority of travelers hit the interstates in their cars — many of which may possess an aspect of their powertrains that counts snow and ice as a traction-reducing, fishtail-inducing mortal enemy rear-wheel drive.

Winter driving is not as difficult as people think. There is no reason to drive carelessly when there is ice on the ground or in a heavy storm. Be aware and concentrate on the road. Drive as if you are tiptoeing on ice, because you might be. Use gentle and careful motions such as easing on the brakes. If you happen to slide, steer in the direction you want to go and keep steady with light pressure on the gas. If you are sliding sideways, do not hit your brakes because it will only make things worse. When you brake in a straight line and the pedal starts chattering or pulsing, keep your foot in it and do not release pressure. That sound means that your anti-lock brakes are working.

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On those chilly mornings, it helps to have a Remote Starter for your vehicle to warm up your car before heading to where you need to be. These devices allow you to start up your vehicle using a key-fob remote control without going outside. If you have heat or A/C on in your car, it turns on when the engine does. Your car will be warm and comfortable once you get in. Not only that, your warmed-up car thaws the ice on the windshield as well.

Another way to prepare for winter driving is to put winter tires on your car. Winter tires (or cold weather tires) contain more natural rubber than regular tires, and are made of a softer compound. This allows them to stay agile as temperatures drop below 45 degrees F, maintaining higher grips levels on the road, in conditions where a normal tire becomes hard and less keyed-in to the asphalt.

Do not forget to buy an extra shovel. If you are parked somewhere and snow starts piling up on your vehicle after a snowstorm, you would want to be able to shovel the snow around your car in order for you to get out easier. An ice scraper also comes in handy to scrape ice off your windows.

Know your car and its functions very well before winter arrives. Make sure your windshield washer reservoir is full and your windshield wipers are in good condition. Always have a full gas tank, and take care of any issue with your vehicle as soon as possible.

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