Tips for Driving in the Winter
Montana Winters are Unpredictable
Here in Billings we can have 60 degrees above zero, and then just a few days later the temperature drops to 20 below zero. These massive temperature swings mean that you have to be prepared for all sorts of driving conditions.
One thing is certain: you will be driving in winter weather conditions. And not just in the winter either, from fall to spring, there are parts of Montana that are snow covered and dangerous. Before you hit the road, make sure that you’re going to be safe while driving.
See and Be Seen
After every single snowstorm we see them. They’re the drivers that didn’t adequately prepare, and instead of clearing the snow off their vehicle, they wipe a small square from the windshield so they can barely see as they drive down the road. Don’t be that guy.
Allow yourself to see and be seen. This means get all the snow off all of the windows. Make sure you can see around you. Make sure people can see you too. Wipe the snow from your headlights and brake lights, and turn your headlights on! It’s not hard to do and makes a huge difference. Finally, replace your worn wiper blades so you can clear snow and slush off the windshield. These are cheap and should be replaced every six months.
Do Your Maintenance
Or have someone do your maintenance for you. Make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter. That means a battery check (it’s harder for a battery to crank when it’s cold out), and a fluid check (low levels means your engine is more likely to freeze up). Have your tires given the once over and replace them if necessary, and ensure that everything is working just right.
Make sure that you’re having your vehicle tuned up regularly, and regular oil changes take place. These are simple steps that can prolong the life of your vehicle, and prevent an accident.
When in doubt, go slower. We’re not saying to creep along at 10mph on a busy road, if you’re that scared to drive then you should call an Uber or stay home. But if the roads seem a little slick, there’s nothing wrong with doing 25 in a 35 zone.
Likewise, prepare to stop sooner. Double the usual space between you and the car ahead of you, and let off the gas sooner when coming to an intersection. If you slide through a red light and get in a wreck, it’s still your fault. You can’t blame the roads when you should have been driving appropriately for conditions.
Check Your Trunk
There are two reasons to check your trunk. First, that’s where many spare tires are. Is it in working condition? Second, that’s where you’re keeping emergency supplies. Jumper cables, a blanket, and more depending on where you’re driving (in town is far different than the back roads of Montana).
Making sure that you have the necessary tools to survive in case of an accident begins with making sure those tools are in your trunk.
Bring Dented Vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have more certifications than any other auto body shop in a 5 state area. That means we are certified to work on your vehicle, when many of the other auto body shops are not.
Why risk it? Bring your vehicle to the best of the best.