Be Ready For the Arriving Winter Driving Weather in Colorado Springs
Snow has already reached us this fall in Colorado, which means it’s time to be better prepared for your drive, no matter how long it is. Your INFINITI vehicle is prepared with plenty of amazing user assist technologies that will make your drive easier, but there are some other tips you should follow when it snows. First and foremost, you should have your INFINITI up-to-date on its maintenance schedule – that includes oil change, battery levels, different fluids (like antifreeze), and even checking your tires’ tread depth.
Before driving, make sure that your INFINITI is properly brushed off before you leave. All sensors should be cleared off to work fully and effectively for you, and your headlights and taillights should also be brushed. People commonly forget to brush off the top of their vehicle too – don’t be one of those people!
Your vehicle should be stocked with some winter emergency items for an unexpected roadside delay. Some items you can consider include a snow shovel, blankets, dried foods (nuts, fruits, granola bars), jumper cables, flashlight, and ice scraper. An extra cell phone charger would also be a good idea!
When it’s finally time to drive, make sure you leave with enough time to get where you’re going with the expectation that your drive will be longer due to road conditions. Drive slowly, meaning to accelerate and decelerate slowly, and don’t power up hills or stop quickly while on a snow-covered hill. You should also know your brakes and how touchy or difficult they are to press to reach the desired level of stopping power. Increase your following distance between you and other vehicles too.
If you are going on a longer drive or a trip, there are extra tips that can help you. Before you leave, notify others where you’re going and around the time that you’ll be there, just in case. Make sure you check the weather before leaving too to decide if it’s a good idea or not. If you decide to drive during a bad snowstorm, you can tie a bright colored cloth or other fabric on the antennae of your car to give other drivers more of a visual of your vehicle.