Happy Groundhog Day from Toyota of Clermont! This morning, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow and saw his shadow – which means six more weeks of winter! While winter weather hasn’t really affected us here in Central Florida, it’s important to keep it in mind if you’re heading up north. For those not used to snow, sleet, and ice, Toyota of Clermont wants to give you a few safe driving tips for winter!
Safe Driving in Winter
Now that winter is going to last six more weeks, make sure you’re ready for the cold with safe driving tips like:
Reducing your speed is one of the easiest ways to ensure safe driving. Driving slow allows your car to have better traction. The faster you drive, the less grip your car tires have with the ground. Driving slow also allows you to have more reaction time.
Leave following space.
Keep a safe distance between your Clermont Toyota and the cars in front of you so have more time to stop.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
If it’s snowing, it can be hard to see what’s going on around your Clermont Toyota. Pay attention to everything around you, including school zones, street signs, pedestrians, bicylists, etc. Be alert and aware of everything around you so you can be ready.
Don’t slam on your brakes.
While driving on snow or ice, avoid braking quickly. Slamming on your brakes on slick roads can cause your tires to lock up and your car to slide. To slow down, take your foot off of the gas pedal and allow your car to slow down naturally if possible.
Avoid driving while tired.
If you’ve been shoveling your car out of snow or you’ve just faced a long day at work, you can be exhausted. However, when driving your Clermont Toyota, you should not drive while fatigued. Studies show that driving while tired can actually be more dangerous than drunk driving. If you’re feeling sleepy or tired, avoid getting behind the wheel. If you’re feeling drowsy at the wheel, pull safely off the road. When in a safe spot, get some caffeine, take a nap, or do some stretches to get the blood flowing.
Don’t use cruise control.
When driving on wet roads or in snow, you should never use cruise control in your Clermont Toyota. The use of this speed control device is dangerous in treacherous conditions. While driving in snow or rain, you should be in complete control of your car. If your car begins to skid or slide out of control, a driver should immediately begin to decelerate by taking their foot off of the gas pedal. You should only apply the brakes when you have regained control of the car.
Stay safe in your Clermont Toyota
If you’re taking on winter weather in the next weeks, make sure you’re prepared! If your car is winterized, make sure to visit our Toyota Service Center near Orlando for auto service. Our expert auto technicians can get your Clermont Toyota ready with winter tires, correct coolant, new windshield wipers, and a fresh oil change.
For more safe driving tips, call Toyota of Clermont at (888) 590-6090!