Winter weather is beginning to fall and travelers across the country are checking weather reports for a hint of what to expect as they travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday. We thought now would be a good time to offer our tips on driving safely through the snow and ice.
- Exercise caution. This applies before you even hit the road. If the weather is too crazy for you to see more than a few feet in front of you, it would be a wise decision to stay home and wait out the storm.
- Complete your maintenance check. This article has some easy maintenance tips on preparing your car before the snow and ice come. We can help you work through this list at Crest Cadillac.
- Test your breaks. Before you hit a slick spot, practice using your brakes properly. If you have ABS (Automatic Braking System), Edmunds.com contributor Mac Demere, recommends you stomp, stay and steer. Stomp down on the brake, “stay hard,” and steer around the obstacle. If the roads are already icy or snow-covered, stomp, but ease up slightly on the brake once you hear or feel the pulse of your ABS working. If you don’t have ABS, stomp your brakes until the wheels stop turning. Then immediately release the brake just enough for the wheels to start turning again. Continue the cycle as long as necessary.
- Avoid over-steering. A little steering goes a long way in these conditions, so stay calm and gently guide your car.
As you travel this weekend and throughout the wintry season, be sure to say alert and drive carefully, leaving extra time for braking and adjusting your speed to the conditions of the road.
We want you all to return safely so you can see the 2015 Escalade up close and personal. Have a happy Thanksgiving!