Tips for Driving in the Wintry Mix

winter drivingEven worse than the cold weather is the mixture of snow, ice, and rain that makes driving on West Chester roads a dangerous feat. According to the AAA Foundation, about 46% of bad weather crashes happen in winter. In other words, this is the worst time of year for driving in less than ideal conditions. Follow these tips from AAA for safe driving in a wintry mix:

  • Look farther ahead than normal and pay particular attention to: bridges, culverts, on and off ramps and elevated highways which freeze first and may remain frozen when roadways are clear.
  • Be alert for “Black Ice”
  • Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Shift into a lower gear to reduce speed if needed.
  • If your car skids, look and steer in the direction you want your car to go.
  • Don’t let frigid temperatures tempt you into starting your car in a closed garage or idling your engine for long periods with the windows closed.
  • Frozen door locks can be overcome by carefully heating the end of a key with a match or lighter. A squirt of de-icer spray is another quick method.
  • Remember not to leave the de-icer in your car as you won’t have access to it if your locks freeze; keep it in your home, office, purse or briefcase. Do not pour hot water over a frozen lock or ice-covered vehicle, as it could damage your car.
  • Make certain cooling system antifreeze is mixed with an equal portion of water for maximum protection.
  • Clear windows, mirrors and lights with an ice scraper, brush or spray de-icer. Make certain windshield wipers and defrosters are in good working order and that washer reservoirs are filled with no-freeze windshield washer fluid.


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