Ice, sleet-covered roads, and heavy snowfall are a common occurrence in some Arizona areas during winter months. And although snowy and all-white landscape can indeed be quite a sight to look at, drivers that live in this state, or those who are just passing through, should be extra careful as accident levels tend to go up during December, January, and February. Harsh driving conditions in Arizona should prompt the drivers to pay close attention to the smallest details when it comes to both:
- the condition their vehicle is in
- their driving skills and the way they handle all the risks that come with heavy snow and ice.
Proper vehicle maintenance is always crucial, but the winter season does bring some additional aspects and factors that put your car under more stress than usual. That being said, here are some essential winter driving safety tips for driving across Arizona.
Check the Antifreeze in Your Engine
Antifreeze is the fluid that makes sure your engine does not freeze during extremely low temperatures. Checking the antifreeze levels is especially crucial for those of you who are planning long road trips through Arizona.
You need to have enough antifreeze in your engine at all times, and if you notice that the antifreeze levels are below 50%, we recommend you fill up just in case. Also, be sure to check for potential leaks. Should you notice that something is leaking, not just the antifreeze fluid, contact your mechanic immediately.
Check Your Lights
Visibility on the road is usually very low during cold months, especially at night and during snowstorms, which is why every driver must make sure both front and rear lights on his/her vehicle are working properly. The risk of causing a hazardous collision increases significantly with vehicles that have broken lights.
Before any winter drive, make sure you check the following:
- brake lights
- high beams
Check if Your Battery Is in Good Condition
Freezing temperatures are not that friendly towards your engine’s battery. Typical batteries tend to have trouble keeping their charge during winter, which is why you should test your current battery’s voltage regularly. If you notice that your battery has trouble starting your engine in the morning, consult your mechanic about whether you need to get a new one.
Check All the Mechanic Components
If you are planning a long trip, make sure you double-check your vehicle’s systems that include:
- steering system
- windshield wipers
Check the Tires
All the aforementioned aspects are rendered useless if you don’t have the right tires for your winter trip. The equation is rather simple, really – if there’s a possibility that you will be hitting heavy snow, you must equip your vehicle with snow tires and appropriate snow chains. Also, make sure your tires are optimally inflated.
Stay Alert and Drive Slowly In the Snow
Icy and/or snowy roads require increased levels of safety and care. The most vital winter driving safety tips we, at Phoenix Towing Service, are bound to mention, include:
- Keep your eyes peeled at all times
- Keep your phone away
- Accelerate much slower than you would in regular conditions
- Brake much slower than you would in regular conditions
- Keep your anticipation levels as high as possible
- If you see a stop sign, start braking much sooner than you normally would
- Turn slowly and don’t hit the acceleration pedal too hard
- If you are about to drive uphill, generate enough inertia
- If you are driving downhill, drive as slowly as possible
Driving conditions in Arizona during winter can be quite harsh and dangerous. Should you find yourself in a bind, stranded somewhere without help, Phoenix Towing Service is just a quick phone call away!
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