Northern VA Auto Repair


Tips for Safe Snow Driving

Snowy roads require extra caution and preparedness for drivers! Below are 10 tips for navigating the snowy roads to ensure a safe and stress-free journey through winter conditions.

  1. Prepare Your Vehicle:
    1. ​Winter Tires. Invest in quality winter tires with deep treads for better traction on snow and ice. For a limited time, get $20 OFF Every Tire Purchase at Craftsman!
    2. Antifreeze. Check to make sure your vehicle's antifreeze levels are adequate to prevent freezing. Swing by and we will check all fluids with our FREE Winter Inspection!
    3. Battery Check. Cold temperatures can strain your battery. Get it tested and replace it if necessary.
    4. Brake Inspection. Ensure your brakes are in optimal condition for effective stopping power. Save $20 OFF Brakes this winter season and gain confidence in your stopping!
  2. Drive Slow and Smooth:
    1. ​Reduce Speed. Slow down and drive below the speed limit to maintain control on slippery or icy roads.
    2. Avoid Sudden Movements. Abrupt acceleration, braking, or steering can lead to skidding. Make smooth, gradual movements.
  3. Increase Following Distance:
    1. ​Double the Space. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front to allow for extended stopping distance.
    2. Watch for Brake Lights. Keep an eye on brake lights ahead to anticipate potential stops.
  4. Use Lower Gears:
    1. ​Shift Down. If you have a manual transmission, downshift to a lower gear when descending hills. This helps with engine braking and control.
  5. Stay Informed about Road Conditions:
    1. ​Check Weather Forecasts. Plan your trips by staying informed about upcoming snowfall and rain conditions.
    2. Use Apps and Websites. Utilize weather apps and websites that provide real-time updates on road conditions and closures.
  6. Clear Visibility is Key:
    1. ​Clean All Windows and Lights. Keep your windows, headlights, and taillights free of snow and ice for maximum visibility.
    2. Use Defrosters. Activate your defrosters to keep windows clear.
  7. Avoid Cruise Control:
    1. ​Maintain Control. Cruise control can be dangerous on slippery surfaces, drive manually to maintain better control.
  8. Be Cautious on Bridges and Overpasses:
    1. ​Freeze Faster. These structures tend to freeze over before regular roads; approach with cautions.
  9. Carry a Winter Emergency Kit:
    1. ​Include Essentials. Pack a kit with essentials like a flashlight, blankets, non-perishable snacks, cash, flares, and a first-aid kit. Some home items, such as sand or kitty litter, are good to have to help gain tractions if your vehicle is stuck in the snow!
    2. Charged Phone. Check to make sure your phone is fully charged before hitting the road and have a car charger on hand.
  10. Know When to Stay Home:
    1. ​Evaluate Necessity. If road conditions are extremely hazardous, consider postponing non-essential trips.
    2. Listen to Authorities. Follow advice and warnings from local authorities regarding travel during severe weather.

By following these tips, you can navigate through winter conditions safely for a smoother and stress-free journey. Stay safe on the snowy roads!