Tips for Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow | Raisor Automart

Winter driving can be dangerous thanks to snow and icy conditions, but there are plenty of techniques you can use when driving to stay safe and avoid accidents. Here are some tips to keep in mind when driving in the snow.

1: Drive slow

The best way to stay safe on the snow is to take it slow. If you’re driving at a lower speed, you’re less likely to slip on an icy patch and you have more time to brake. Braking suddenly can make you slide, so having the space to brake slowly is incredibly important.

2: Accelerate slowly

This is similar to the first point, but you don’t just have to keep your speed low—you need to accelerate at a slower rate, too. If you’re idling at a stoplight or speeding up to go around someone on the highway, taking off quickly will just make your wheels spin, so go easy on the gas pedal.

3: Stop as rarely as possible

Braking on icy roads often means sliding, but if you’re going slow enough, you won’t have to use the brake nearly as much. If you can avoid braking, do so, especially if you’re going up a hill. It’s much harder to get started again on a hill when it’s snowy than when it’s dry.

4: Increase following distance

This goes hand-in-hand with driving slower. Leave more space between yourself and cars ahead of you so that if they stop suddenly, you have more time to react in a way that won’t cause you to slide right into their bumper. Whether you hit the brakes slowly or get into another lane, it’s much better than slamming on the brakes.

5: Turn on your headlights

Snow reduces visibility just like rain and darkness, so it’s vital to keep your headlights on. This not only helps you see, but it lets the people behind you keep track of where you are and lets the people in front of you know when you’re approaching.

Here at Raisor Automart, we hope you and your crew stay safe out there this winter.

Finding the Right Car For You

Finding the Right Car | Raisor Automart | Lafayette, IN

If you need help finding the right car, here are a few guidelines for the baffled car shopper.

What Do You Need?

Before you settle on any specific make or model, it’s always a good idea to go into the car shopping process with a list of what you definitely need in a new car. How many passengers do you have? Do you spend a lot on gas? Do you prefer small and maneuverable cars or large vehicles with plenty of cargo space?

What Can You Spend?

Budgeting for a car goes far above saving up for a down payment. You also have to think about how much you can set aside for loan payments each month, how much you’re willing to spend on fueling up your vehicle, and also keeping up with maintenance and service costs.

Be Open-Minded

Many car-buyers have already picked the exact make and model they are looking for, but it’s important not to put all your eggs in one basket.

Always Test-Drive

Test-driving every vehicle you’re considering is very important. It helps you get a feel for driving it, as well as allows you to detect any mechanical issues you may not have noticed just by looking at the vehicle or its history report.

Make Your Choice

With all of the information above now at your disposal, it becomes much easier for you to make your selection.

If you need help finding the perfect car to fit your needs, we here at Mike Raisor Automart are more than willing to lend a hand.

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Winter Vehicle Maintenance | Raisor Automart

For every season, there’s a set of vehicle maintenance tasks that you should perform to keep your vehicle performing at its very best. In particular, winter is a time that you don’t want to fall behind on your car care, since cold temperatures, snow, and ice place particular stress on your vehicle. Here are some winter vehicle maintenance tips to help get you through the cold months.

  • Check your battery: Batteries don’t perform as well in the cold, so if you have a faulty or failing battery, you may run into trouble. Before it gets too cold out, check your battery and makes sure your charging system is performing as it should.
  • Check your tires: Before there’s snow on the ground, you should check your tire treads. Tires that are overly worn do not provide as much traction on the road, which is especially important when driving on snowy and icy roads. You should also check your tire pressure, as dropping temperatures can change the pressure.
  • Check windshield wiper blades: Hot summer weather dries out wiper blades, causing them to streak and be less effective at clearing your windshield. Since visibility is so important in the winter, you should replace your blades and fill up with wiper fluid before the cold, snowy weather sets in.
  • Check your oil: If your oil is low before winter, you should have it changed and consider opting for low-viscosity oil, which performs better in cold temperatures. While having your oil changed at the shop, consider having a multi-point inspection performed, which includes a range of checks, including tires, lights, and more.

If you need extensive service performed for your vehicle before winter’s worst arrives, bring your vehicle to Mike Raisor Automart.