Tips for driving in bad weather
It’s best to avoid driving when the weather takes a turn for the worst, especially if there’s freezing rain, sleet or hail. That being said, if you must drive in bad weather, it’s important to think ahead.
Always keep an emergency kit in your trunk. You can customize it to meet your needs, but at the very least your kit should include jumper cables, traction aids, a first aid kit, water, food and warm clothing.
Make sure your windshield washer fluid is topped up and keep an extra jug in your trunk so you never run out. In addition, if your windows are dirty, give them a thorough cleaning inside and out. It’s dangerous to drive if your visibility is compromised.
Don’t forget about your tires! Walk around your vehicle and check that your tire pressure meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. If not, add a little air.
Before hitting the road, go over a mental checklist of any essential safety tips for driving in hazardous conditions:
- Reduce your speed
- Turn on your low beams when visibility is reduced
- Maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles
- Avoid making unnecessary traffic manoeuvres such as continuously passing other drivers
- Beware of black ice, especially on darkened parts of the road
Is your vehicle ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws at it? To ensure you’re safe, visit your nearest Mr. Muffler to have your vehicle inspected.