9 Winter Habits To Avoid

With winter here you will want to make sure to avoid the following 9 winter habits. 

Speeding in Snowy Conditions 
Even experienced divers can falter in their winter driving skills. Overconfidence is one's abilities can be detrimental and end up causing some serious damage. Black ice could be beneath that fresh coat of fallen snow. If you are speeding it will most likely end badly. Keep your speed steady and remember "Ice and Snow, Drive Slow"

Slamming on the Brakes and Overcorrecting When You Hit a Patch of Ice
This may put you on the front page of local newspapers after you cause an accident involving several cars. If you slam on your brakes, you are almost guaranteed to spin out of control and into traffic or the guardrail. To avoid a costly accident, stay calm, gently turn the steering wheel in the direction you are sliding and lightly tap the brake. 

Pouring a Bucket of Hot Water on the Windshield for Deicing 
The temperature difference between the scalding water and your freezing car may crack your windshield. Remember that rock that put a lovely crack in the glass yesterday? The hot water will work its way in there and expand, creating a problem you don't want to see. Instead, go for the old fashioned way: the ice scraper. 

Keeping Up with the Amount of Gas in Your Car
During the winter months, it's better to fill up frequently as a near-empty tank can cause problems. CNN Money reports the moist air in an empty gas tank can freeze and crystallize, leading to ice in the fuel lines. 

Forgetting to Check Tire Pressure
Tires tend to be a bigger issue in the winter due to compressed air that cooler weather brings. CarInsuranceQuotes.net notes that the pressure in your tires is reduced by one PSI every 10-degree drop in the temperature. It may be a good idea to keep an emergency maintenance kit in the car and include a portable air pump and pressure gauge. Continuing to Use Summer Tires When Winter Hits Many who live in cities that rarely see snowfall neglect changing their tires for the appropriate season. Summer tires begin experiencing faulty performance. When the temperature falls below 44.6 °F, Giti Tires says. A thin layer of ice on the road can weaken summer tires, leading to poor handling and braking. 

Warming the Car for Too Long
Climbing into a freezing car is not fun, so many resort to starting the vehicle and letting it warm up before they leave for the day. This is viable for a couple minutes; however, engines are not designed to idle for long periods of time. According to AutoBlog, idling for too long causes buildup on the spark plugs, rendering them less efficient. This may be bad news for your wallet, too, as it wastes gas. 

Not Cleaning All Windows and Mirrors
Remove the ice and snow from all windows and mirrors. Make sure that there is no snow blocking your blind spots or your mirrors are covered in ice. It may take more time than you like but it will allow you to drive easier and be aware of everyone around you. Many people do a "quick dust off" of the snow on their vehicle but that does not prevent for ice chunks flying off their vehicle when driving. 

Forgetting to Change the Windshield Wipers
Changing the windshield wipers is one of the easiest items to forget when it comes to car maintenance. See the streaks your wipers are leaving on the window? Pep Boys says, "the  trick is changing your wipers as soon as they don't clear the windshield well." Windshield wipers are vital to your safety on the road; better wipers mean better visibility