Tips For Winter Driving

tips for winter driving

Regardless of where you live, tips for winter driving are helpful. The winter months can be harsh on a car. The cold and icy conditions can affect a lot of things about your car. However, driving conditions is the worst part. After all, getting into a car accident will affect your car. In 2019, there were about 182,00 reported accidents that were caused by wintery conditions.  Even if people have experience, some reminders about driving safely during the winter do not hurt.

When it Doubt, Stay Home

The first rule of winter driving. If you have any doubts about the road conditions, stay home. You should not leave a home in bad weather conditions unless it is necessary. However, this first rule is hard to keep. So, let’s cover other important tips for winter driving.

Keep Your Gas Up

Keeping your gas tank at full can be one of the most important things you can do. Not only will it keep you safe while driving, but it was also keeping your car from being damaged. During the wintertime, condensation can cause your fuel lines to freeze. When this happens, gasoline can no longer reach your engine. This can cause stalling or prevent it from starting. While many vehicles have fuel injection systems, your lines can still freeze if you are not careful. This can affect your safety as well, especially if conditions cause you to become stuck.

Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit in your car can help you in a tight situation. That is why having and preparing a winter emergency kit for your car is important. To be safe on the road, you need to prepare for anything. When putting together a winter emergency kit, there are a few items that you should have inside. This includes:

  • Gloves, Hats, Blankets, Etc.
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Snacks (Non-Perishable)
  • Flares and Reflections
  • Battery Chargers
  • Flashlights and Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Booster Cables
  • Abrasive Materials (Salt, Sand, Litter, Etc.)

Many things can happen on the road, so being prepared is essential.

Winter Tune-Up

One of the best ways to keep you safe on the road is to make sure that your car is in good shape. While you can take extra precautions, the only way to drive safely is to maintain your car. During the winter, wear and tear are common. That is why you should consider having a winter tune-up, to ensure that you can drive safely.

Get your winter tune-up at Mr. Muffler‘s today!

How To Make A Winter Emergency Kit

Happy New Year from Mr. Muffler! A winter emergency kit can really prepare you for the coming year.  We have many things planned for 2021 and we are honored to be able to share another year with you. As the year begins, we would like to remind you to be safe on the road. With temperatures in the Detroit area dropping below zero, you should have a plan in place for an emergency on the road.

Build your own Mr. Muffler winter emergency kit at home by acquiring these items:

  • Gloves, socks, hats, sleeping bags, and blankets
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Flares and reflectors for emergencies
  • Extra cell phone battery or charger adapter
  • Snack food that doesn’t expire (candy or energy bars)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries, lighter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Booster Cables
  • salt, sand, or cat litter

Daily Winter Car Emergency Tips

How To Make A Winter Emergency KitStay in your vehicle! If you are in an unfamiliar area, you may become lost or put yourself in danger by wandering off.

Tell A Buddy! Always let someone know where you are going and how you will get there. Make sure your cell phone has plenty of charge or keep a charger in your vehicle at all times.

Keep Gas In Your Car!

Keeping at least half a tank of gas will keep it from freezing up. Of course, keeping it closer to full is more ideal.

It is advised that you keep over a half tank of gas in your car. The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to get your car service. Schedule your first start now!

Don’t forget our January specials! Visit Mr. Muffler today for great deals on winterizing your car and even new sets of tires to help with slippery roads! Finally, call us at 734.721.2800 to drop by the corner of Cherry Hill and Wayne Road in Westland anytime!