Winter Driving Tips for Oklahoma City Drivers

December 23rd, 2020 by

winter driving tips

Be Safe on Icy and Snowy Roads, Thanks to Tips from Zeck Ford in Purcell

We concede that winter weather is gorgeous. The glittering snow on the ground and ice that looks like crystal make for a beautiful picture – but they’re less good for driving. Slipping, lack of visibility, and the dangers of salt are just a few of the risks associated with winter commuting.

Lean on us at Zeck Ford OKC for winter driving tips and car maintenance advice to help you stay safe – and for the best quality used vehicles and brand-new vehicles at no-haggle low prices.

Safe Driving Tips

It’s most ideal to avoid driving when roads are slick or inclement weather is imminent, but we also know that sometimes you simply must drive. Here are a few tips you can follow to help yourself stay safe during commutes.

Keep your tires aired up to the proper PSI to help your vehicle maintain traction on the road. You also should always keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car, truck, or SUV. This advice feels outdated because it was originally intended to protect older vehicles. However, it’s a good practice to have plenty of gas in your tank in case you’re stranded, and so you don’t run out of gas on icy roadways.

While driving, accelerate and decelerate slowly. Try to avoid coming to a complete stop by slowing down in advance of red lights so that you can keep rolling until the light turns green. Don’t “floor it.” To help maintain slower, safer speeds, put your car into first or second gear, and leave it there, even if you have an automatic transmission. Lower gears reduce power and increase torque, which helps your car keep traction on the road. You also should maintain a safe following distance in case you need to stop or in case other vehicles start sliding. With plenty of room between you and other vehicles, you’re less likely to be involved in an accident.

If your car begins to slide, don’t slam on your brakes. Instead, pump the brakes and slowly steer into the skid until your wheels grab the pavement again.

To prepare for the possibility of getting stranded, carry a spare set of winter clothing in your vehicle: snow pants, coat, a sweatshirt, warm socks, and boots, if you have them. If you can’t use your car heater, and you are stuck somewhere, you’ll stay warm. You should also have a flashlight, emergency flares, and enough food and water for a couple of days, just in case.

Prevent Corrosion from Road Salt

Ice melt and salt help keep roads safe to drive on. Unfortunately, that salt coats the exterior of your vehicle and its undercarriage and can cause rust over time. Washing your vehicle after every major snow storm or ice storm and every two weeks otherwise rinses away damaging chemicals and compounds so your car, truck, or SUV looks its best.

You also should wax your vehicle’s exterior to protect your paint. After lots of winter driving, consider getting your vehicle detailed at Zeck Ford near Norman.

Install Snow Tires and Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades

The right tires and quality windshield wiper blades can help keep you safe during the winter. Change out both before winter hits.

All-season tires don’t get the best traction in temperatures less than 45 degrees. Snow tires stay softer in these chilly temps and get better traction, whereas all-season tires harden in the cold, giving you less contact on the road. Your Purcell, OK tire shop, like Zeck Ford, where we have a low-price tire guarantee, can take care of it all for you.

Windshield wiper blades can help keep your windshield clear during snow or freezing rain. Help them last longer by pulling your blades up and away from your windshield in inclement weather to keep them from freezing. Make sure you turn off your windshield wipers before turning off your car, so they don’t reactivate when you start the engine later. And never use your windshield wipers to try to remove large chunks of ice; rely on your defroster and an ice scraper instead. If you notice your blade performance worsening, it’s time to change them out – and that’s a simple car maintenance task most people can perform on their own.

Buy a New Vehicle with Four-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive at Zeck Ford

Certain drivetrains can make your vehicles safer to drive in inclement weather. Those are usually four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. If your front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicle isn’t getting around in the ice, snow, or slush as well as you’d like it to, bring it in to Zeck Ford in Purcell and trade it for a new vehicle or a quality used one with a different drivetrain.

Start by browsing our selection of vehicles with 4WD for sale, and begin the car-buying process online, where you’ll still get the Zecksperience our customers know and love.

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