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Winterize Your Car

Winter Preparedness

Getting stranded on the side of the road is never a pleasant experience, but as fall fades into winter, frosty weather and icy roads are on the way.  With just a little preparation, you and your family can be prepared for the possibilities that accompany this change in the seasons.

The guys at Axleboy know that snow, ice and sometimes just plain old bad luck can leave you stranded on the side of the highway or out on a trail.  That’s why we’ve put together a short list of things you might consider adding to your vehicle this winter.

In addition to the standard items that should be kept in your vehicle (i.e. Spare tire, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.) these are the items that made our Winter Preparedness List:

 

  • An ice scraper (or two)
  • A bag of sand, salt or cat litter to improve traction
  • A warm blanket or sleeping bag
  • Additional warm clothing for each passenger
  • Snow gloves
  • Road flares for increased visibility
  • Nutrient rich snacks
  • Tire chains or tow straps

 

Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you need to use these items, but as the saying goes, “Plan for the worst, hope for the best.”  How prepared are you for winter this year?

 

Salt Spreaders and Snow Plows

Snow Plows & Salt Spreaders

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gotten just a small taste of wintery weather, but as the month progresses we’re sure to see more… more cold days, more snow and unfortunately more ice.

    If you’ve ever slipped and fallen on an icy driveway or sidewalk, you know how valuable a plow and some salt can be.  While we’re not in the business of clearing out driveways and salting parking lots ourselves, we CAN make that job easier for you by ordering and installing just about any type of snow blade and/or salt spreading system for your truck.

This winter, don’t let snow and ice catch you off guard.  Give the guys at Axleboy a call and let us help make your winter a little less hazardous.

 

 

Axleboy
636-939-5337
Open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm

 

Salt Spreader on Truck

8 Tips For Safe Driving

8 Tips for Better Winter Driving

Have you had it up to your eyes with this winter weather yet? At Axleboy Automotive, we have too.  We are tired of icy roads and snow-topped cars.  Thankfully, Spring is just around the corner and before you know it, we’ll be turning up the AC.

Until then, here are 8 tips for safer driving in winter-weather conditions:

Tip # 1: Put down your cell phone.

It is estimated that at least 23% of annual car accidents in the US involve some form of cell phone use.  23% may not sound like much, but that represents about 1.3 million crashes.  People have a hard enough time driving in a straight line when the skies are blue and the roads are dry.  Using the phone while driving in addition to snow and ice conditions significantly increases the risk of causing a car accident.  If you ABSOLUTELY MUST talk on the phone while driving, then use a Bluetooth device so that both hands can be on the steering wheel.  Otherwise, wait until the car is safely parked to send texts and make calls.

Tip # 2: Increase your distance.

Snow and ice can be unpredictable factors when driving on the highways and local roads.  Give yourself plenty of room to maneuver and some extra cushion space for stopping.  Remember, with reduced traction, your car needs more space to make even simple changes.

Tip # 3: Limit your distractions.

In 2011, 10% of fatal car accidents were reported to involve some form of driver distraction.  Driving with snow and ice on the road requires significantly more attention than normal driving.  In addition to following tip #1, we suggest either turning down or turning off the radio, avoid getting caught up with rubber-necking and make sure that children and/or pets are all properly secured before the vehicle is put in gear.

Tip # 4: Slow down.

We’ve all heard this a thousand times, but it doesn’t make it any less important.  We aren’t suggesting that people do 25 mph on the highway, but the posted speed limits are a recommended maximum speed in ideal conditions.  The old Driver’s-Ed classes teach: “Slow-down 10 mph for every adverse element on the road.” Adverse conditions affect your overall reaction time and maneuverability, so even if you are in a 4×4, slow down.

Tip # 5: Don’t use the brakes while turning.

Most cars that end up in the ditch or go off the road will do so on a curve.  In a small number of cases there is nothing that the driver could do to prevent the accident.  In almost all other cases, the accident is a result of driver error.  In winter weather we have a tendency to use our brakes at unnecessary times.  Curves and corners are ironically one of the worst places to use the brakes for two reasons: 1. Using the brakes on a turn reduces what little traction tires may have & 2. Pressing the brakes reduces a driver’s ability to appropriately accelerate out of a turn.

Tip # 6: Clear off your windshield.

De-Ice Before Your Drive

Have you ever woken up late and had to rush out the door just to make it to work on time?  It’s easy to rush through our routines, jump in the car and hit the road, right?  It’s not so easy when you see a sheet of ice on your windshield.  Even though you may be in a hurry, the best thing you can do in a situation like this is clear the windshield.  Using the defroster is a good start, but any ice that remains on the windshield when you start driving creates a visual impairment, especially when driving into the sun.

Tip # 7: Watch out for idiots.

There are plenty of them out there…and they seem to multiply when bad weather hits.  Unfortunately, these drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but to you as well.  Our advice is to recognize these types of drivers and do your best to position your vehicle safely out of their way.

Tip # 8: Stay home.

If you don’t absolutely have to go out when there is snow or ice on the roads, then stay home.  Before venturing out, determine if your destination is worth the risk of personal injury or damage to your car.

 

Statistics from: http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html#2011-cell-phone-statistics