Do’s and Don’ts of Driving in Winter Weather
Currently, Texas is experiencing severe weather that we haven’t seen in over a decade. For many residents, they have little to no experience with snow and ice. While we unfortunately can’t help as much as we would like, we can provide tips on driving in this weather. Below, we have shared some of the do’s and don’ts of driving in winter weather.
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The Do’s of Winter Driving
- Do clear your car completely of snow. Yes, we mean completely. If you leave snow on top of your vehicle, it could fall onto the vehicle behind you. Additionally, check to see if there is snow or ice in your exhaust pipe. If this is blocked, carbon monoxide gas will go into the vehicle which can lead to unconsciousness or even death.
- Do create a safety kit. This kit should include a flashlight, clothes you can layer, makeshift gloves and hats if you don’t have any, an extra phone charger, and a first-aid kit. This will ensure that you stay safe until help arrives when you get stuck or your battery dies.
- Do take your time. When driving in snow, it’s better to drive slow rather than fast. When you accelerate from a stop, be sure to take your time so you can gain traction. If you see a stop sign or red light ahead, be sure to start braking earlier than usual.
The Don’t of Winter Driving
- Don’t warm up your car in a closed garage. Just like with the blocked exhaust pipe, this could lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide which could lead to death.
- Don’t over-correct when you spin out. Stay calm and steer into the spin. So, if you start to spin counter-clockwise, turn the steering wheel to the right. Try not to jerk the steering wheel to avoid spinning out more.
- Don’t follow closely behind another vehicle. When there is snow and/or ice on the ground, you can’t brake as easily. If you are too close to the vehicle ahead of you and they suddenly brake, you might end up hitting them.
Although we are limited in how we can help, we want to help our customers as much as we can. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about taking care of your Kia during the current conditions.