If you live in the Fort Collins and Brighton areas, you just how cold it’s been these last few days — heck, these last few months it seems. With the freezing cold weather comes ice, snow, and in general, more dangerous driving conditions. In today’s blog from Auto Warehouse in Brighton and Fort Collins, we provide you with a few great tips for driving in the chilly winter weather. Keep reading to learn more, and, if you are in the market for a new car to tackle the snow in, contact us today and ask about our auto financing options!
Believe it or not, one of the most impactful safety factors for winter driving is the tires on your car. Tires can completely make or break winter driving for you. The right set of tires can keep you in control, on the road, and safe. Whereas a set with less tread and more wear could leave you slipping, sliding, and off the road. Be sure to check how much tread your tires have left and lookup if the tires you have are meant for “All Season” use or “Summer Use” only. When you are unsure how to tell how much tread life you have or whether or not your tires are suitable for winter driving, you can always consult a tire shop or your local Auto Warehouse — we’re always happy to help!
Tire Tip: You can purchase a set of tires meant for summertime and a set for wintertime to get the most out of your vehicle! Simply swap out the wheels as the seasons change for the most desirable performance.
In Colorado, it seems like four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is a must. While you can get away with two-wheel drive vehicles, they won’t inspire nearly as much confidence on the slick Colorado roadways. If it’s time for a new vehicle, consider looking for something with four-wheel or all-wheel drive capabilities. Having all four tires powered gives you a major advantage on roadways with less-than-optimal traction.
Shopping for a four-wheel-drive car? Check out our used car inventory at Auto Warehouse in Brighton and Fort Collins — and don’t forget to ask about our auto financing.
The Boyscouts were onto something with the “always be prepared” thing. The last thing you want is to be out driving in the frigid Colorado winter and find yourself stranded with a broken-down car. While all of our cars and trucks at Auto Warehouse are in premier condition, things like flat tires and other factors outside of control can happen. It’s never a bad idea to prepare for the unlikely event of a breakdown in the midst of winter. Keeping things like blankets, flashlights, non-perishable snacks, and a backup battery charger can give you peace of mind that you are prepared for anything while driving in the winter.
While it isn’t necessary to let your engine warm up completely anymore before setting off, it certainly doesn’t hurt. You don’t have to wait long, maybe 30 seconds or so will do. This gives your engine the time it needs to get moving again after sitting in the cold for a while.
If your car is electric, be sure to heat the cabin of your car before you unplug and head on your way. This will help maximize the range of your battery, which will already have its range reduced due to the cold. Heating the cabin of your electric vehicle takes time and energy. Waiting to unplug your EV until after it’s heated up is a great way to be proactive for driving in the winter.
Another notable aspect about warming up is this: warm up your car to defrost your windows. While ice scrapers can go a long way, spending an extra few minutes to let your defroster completely unobscured your vision is worthwhile. The more you can see, the safer you’ll be while on hazardous winter roads.
Taking it easy is perhaps the easiest high-impact tip in this article. When surfaces are slick and the weather is cold, it serves you to slow down a bit. Taking things slower provides you with more time to react should something go astray. Additionally, braking gently and early can prevent your vehicle from losing traction and hitting the vehicle in front of you. Overall, take things easy and slow it down — it’s much more important to get to where you are going than to get there quickly in most cases.
It may sound strange to have a winter driving tip that isn’t about driving, but think about it! If you are staying off the road when you don’t need to be anywhere, and if other people are doing the same, your likelihood of being in an accident are monumentally reduced. If whatever you need to leave the house for can wait until hazardous winter conditions clear up some, then it may be in your best interest to put it off until then.
That’s all of the winter driving tips we have for you today! Our team at Auto Shot hopes that you have found these helpful and that you will implement one or more of these tips into your own driving in unfavorable conditions. If you are looking for a great car or truck that will help you conquer this winter and all the winters to come, check out our selection at Auto Warehouse! Our auto financing can help get you into a safe and reliable car that’s ready to tackle any challenge. Stop by today or contact us to learn more about our auto financing services and to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect car for you this winter. We look forward to seeing you and helping you in any way that we can.