After the historic lake effect snowstorm that hit Buffalo and Western New York, there is no doubt that the winter weather season is here. New York winters are long and cold, and often bring lots of snow with them. Since it's been a while since we've had snow on the ground, this is the perfect time to freshen up some of your winter driving skills.

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Before you hit the road this winter, one of the best things you can do is to make sure you take a few preventative steps to make sure your car is winter-weather ready. Those things include:

  • Clearing off as much snow and ice from your windows, lights, mirrors, wipers, and roof as possible. You don't want to be driving around with a glacier on your roof.
  • Don't just start driving, let the fog and frost clear from your inside windows. Being able to see clearly is important.
  • Double-check your tires, lights, defroster, and wipers. If you're like me, you've probably been driving around with your tire pressure light on for weeks, don't do that.
  • Keep plenty of windshield wiper fluid in the reservoir, and
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full, which is hard considering gas prices right now, but it's essential just in case you get stuck in traffic.

After you've done those key steps, then you and you're car are likely in perfect condition to hit the road.

Remember These Driving Tips When On Winter Roads

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Slow Down

While you may want to drive fast like it's the summertime, trying to stop on snow or ice-covered roads is a lot more difficult and takes longer than on dry roads. So give yourself extra time and space to stop by slowing down.

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Give More Space To Other Cars

Because it takes longer to stop on snowy or icy roads, it's important to not tailgate other drivers. Make sure you give other cars on the road lots of space.

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Don't Make Quick Adjustments

Don't press the gas, brake, or turn the steering wheel too abruptly. Since it takes longer for things to react when it's icy out, quick and abrupt changes can cause you to lose control over the car.

Remember to just take your time and you'll get wherever you need to go this winter safely and soundly.

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