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Winter Driving Tips

Driving in the snow can present some challenges, so give yourself every advantage you can get.

  • Clear the snow off of your entire vehicle, not just the front windshield. All that extra snow weight can really affect your vehicle’s balance and gas mileage. You also do not want all that snow on your roof to fall on your windshield when you stop.
  • Maintain proper tire inflation and change your tires if your tread is worn down. This will help you get the best traction on slippery roads
  • Accelerate and break slowly. A quick change in momentum can cause your tires to lose their grip of the road.
  • Maintain a lower average speed and put more space between you and other vehicles. This will give you more response time in case something unexpected happens in the snow.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to keep your gas line from freezing.
  • Be extra aware of cyclists. The pile of snow in the bike lane will force them closer to the middle of the road.
  • Don’t drive if you don’t have to. Chicago has great public transit options. Use them and save yourself the risk.

Stay safe out there!