Tips for Driving in Michigan’s Winter Weather

Tips for Driving in Michigan's Winter Weather

Tips for Driving in Michigan’s Winter Weather

Brought to you by Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Winter driving presents a number of challenges to both you and your car. Cold weather will test the limits of your car’s mechanical abilities and treacherous conditions will test your abilities as a driver.  So, as winter approaches, it pays to be prepared. To get your car ready, it’s a good idea to bring it to Pinckney for winterization. To get ready yourself, read over our winter driving tips below. We hope you find them useful.

Clean off your car – completely!

Once snow or ice does arrive, clear off your entire car, not just a little peephole in the windshield like some people do. You need just as much, if not more, visibility in poor conditions. Make sure every glass surface on your car is clear by using a snowbrush and/or ice scraper. Your side-view mirrors, and all your lights should be brushed and cleared as well. Does this seem excessive? Well, it’s the law in many states that your vehicle must be clear of snow and ice, especially when its on the roof.

Know your car

Every car has different handling characteristics. If your car is new, you should know what your car can and cannot do in the snow. First, you should know if you have front, rear, part-time or full-time four wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control. You should know what kind of tires are on the car. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to do a little driving in an empty parking lot on a snowy day just so you know what to expect from your car when you drive on snowy roads.

Consider snow tires

If you live in an area where it snows a fair amount, you should get four good snow tires. Nothing will make a bigger difference. If you have spent your life driving on all-season tires, you will be surprised how much difference real snow tires make.
By the way, because it’s such a pain to get your snow tires remounted and balanced every year, splurge and get yourself four steel rims and mount the snows permanently on those rims. That’ll make the changeover in the fall and spring a snap.
If you absolutely can’t afford four snow tires, two new snow tires will probably be better than whatever you have on your car now. Mount them on the wheels that are driven by the engine. For all-wheel drive cars, you really should use four snows.

Make sure you have some basic supplies

Invest in a substantial snowbrush and an ice scraper. It’s also a good to have a shovel and a bag of sand to help with traction, and the aforementioned extra windshield washer fluid. A blanket is a good idea – just in case. If you have any winter clothes you don’t wear anymore, especially an old pair of boots, throw them in the trunk, too.

When it’s slippery, do everything slowly

Even if you think you’re a great driver under slippery conditions, don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Even if you maintain control of your car, not everyone else will. Do everything slowly and gently.
Remember, in the snow, the tires are always just barely grabbing the road. Accelerate slowly and gently, turn slowly and gently, and brake slowly and gently. To do this, you have to anticipate turns and stops. That means what? Going slowly and leaving and leaving plenty of distance between you and other cars. When it’s slippery, rapid movements can lead to skids and loss of control.

Brought to you by the Winter experts at Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

To get your car ready, bring it to Pinckney for winterization. Our mechanics can look over your car for proper fluid levels, windshield wipers, tires, and the other parts of your car that come into play when it’s freezing outside. Feel free to schedule service today with the winterization experts at Pinckney!