Winter Driving Safety Tips

December 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Driving in this winter-like weather can be dangerous, even deadly. This weekend blast of winter is just a taste of what's to come in the next few months, so before you take any road trips, check your car's air pressure, battery, coolant, and wipers.

Driving is dangerous enough with all the technological distractions. Add snow or rain to the equation and you have a dangerous combination.

"Deadly accidents can occur, it happens daily, fatal conditions and it's usually involving speed," said Joe Miller with the CHP.

Whether your travels this holiday season take you a few miles to the mall or a few hundred miles to mom's house, car experts say there are four main things you need to check before you hit the road.

Jay Smith with Rick's Tire and Service said, "Check your air pressure, check your coolant level, check your battery and your wipers, those are your most important things."

Jay Smith with Rick's tires and service said this simple car check-up can save you a lot of time, money and stress during this already hectic time of year.

"You want to make sure terminals are clean no corrosion. This one's really good," said Smith.

Smith said if your vehicle is slow to crank up have it checked so you don't get stranded in the cold.

The CHP also said to slow down when the roads are wet or icy. Reduce your speeds. 65 miles-an-hour is for optimum conditions, but you should reduce your speed if you have inclement weather.



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