Safe driving tips for winter

Winter driving can be treacherous, but if you’re prepared, you can have a safe and comfortable winter when driving in the snow. This is especially important if you don’t drive a 4×4 vehicle. If you buy a car from a used car dealership in Bridgeton NJ, you may be able to negotiate some winter accessories, such as snow tires. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re driving in the winter:

  • Undercoating: This is best done in the fall, and will help protect your vehicle from the salt and sand that covers snowy roads after the plows have been on them. The salt and sand improves traction on the roads but is detrimental to your paint job. Undercoating prevents rust and chips from the salt.
  • Keep an emergency kit and a first aid kit: Your emergency kit should include things like flashlights, tire changing kit, protein bars or other non-perishable food, blankets, and a lighter or matches. Your first aid kit should have bandages, ointment, and gauze. You can purchase kits that are already put together in department stores. Of course your cell phone should always be charged and ready to use.
  • Winter tires: If you didn’t get these included with your used car, consider purchasing them. These will not only give you excellent traction on slippery roads, they can save you money on your car insurance.
  • Drive according to road conditions: Remember that stopping power is decreased on snow-covered and icy roads. Leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you. Drive slowly and on a really bad day, don’t go out unless you absolutely have to.

Buying a car from your used car dealership in Bridgeton NJ should be a pleasant experience, and if you buy in the winter, you certainly want it to last into the spring season. Following the above winter driving tips will help ensure your car lasts many winters, springs, summers and autumns.

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