How to Stay Safe on the Roads in Charlotte This Winter

Although Charlotte does not get the same amount of snow and ice each winter as some of the colder cities in the North, it’s no secret that this winter is predicted to be a bit colder than the last.  When cold weather hits it is important to know how to keep yourself and your car safe on the road. Follow these tips to stay safe:

1. Check your tire pressure at least once a month. When the temperature drops so does the pressure in your tires. This is especially important in a city like Charlotte where one day the low is 28 degrees and two days later the high is 78.

2. Slow down! If the roads are icy or snowy, slow down and don’t follow too closely behind the car in front of you. Use your best judgment and pick a speed where you feel safe; it is okay to go below the speed limit.

3. Know your brakes. Some brakes in cars are sensitive, some are not, and you should recognize how your brakes are working before hitting the road. You never want to slam on your brakes in bad weather. If you are going up a hill never stop halfway up, or you will risk not being able to start again. If you are going down a hill, coast down and apply your brakes very slowly if necessary.

4. Bridges ice before roads. Avoid traveling over bridges if possible. If you must, make sure you drive slow and leave plenty of room between you and the surrounding cars.

5.     5. Don’t let your gas gauge hit empty. It is possible for your gas line in your car to freeze if there is not enough gas in the tank.

6.     6. Keep an emergency kit in your car at all times. In the winter especially, this should include a blanket, an ice scraper, water and non-perishable snacks.

7.     7. Plan ahead. If you are planning to travel during the winter make sure you check the weather of the towns you will be traveling through so you are prepared for the conditions, as they may differ from what is in Charlotte.

8.    8. Stay focused. Always keep your eyes on the road and don’t distract yourself. This is important for every day driving, but most important when the roads are worse than usual.

The best way to stay safe during bad weather is to stay inside and avoid the roads completely. Obviously, sometimes that is unavoidable and that is where these tips will be helpful. 

If you are need of a brake check or general tune up, make sure to stop by and see us at University Volvo today!

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