Winter in Oconomowoc, WI can be brutal, as anybody who has driven in this part of the country knows. In a general sense, people that have grown up here know how to drive in adverse weather, but it’s still worth repeating a few important tips since we now are officially in that time of year when winter driving requires extra attention. We put together a few things to consider when behind the wheel of your 2019 Ford F-150 or 2019 Ford Escape this winter:
- Take your time! Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain optimal traction while driving.
- Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. Should you end up stuck in the snow somewhere, you will want heat, and you need gas for that to be available. At the same time, check to make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t covered to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Pack an emergency kit, which means a charged cell phone, a blanket, a shovel, road flares, sand or kitty litter, and maybe a few snacks and water.
- If you do end up in the snow, stay in your vehicle, especially if visibility is bad. Call AAA or your insurance provider’s roadside assistance affiliate as soon as possible and let professionals do the more dangerous work.
- Don’t be too proud to stay home. If the weather is just too nasty to travel, avoid driving at all.
If you would like more winter driving tips, call or visit our Waukesha Ford dealership any time. One of our staff members will be happy to help you travel as safely as possible this winter season—even if all that means is adding winter tires to help improve your traction in the snow.