Chevrolet Winter Driving and Preparedness Tips

By Justin Cupler | January 22nd, 2018
Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The winter weather is still blowing coolly across the nation and Chevy wants to help you stay safe in all road condition with these safety tips and reminders. The winter storms have been relentless this year and it shows no sign of slowing down, so now is a good time to outfit your vehicle for blizzard conditions and start practicing better winter driving skills. Below are the ten ways to stay safe while driving this winter from Chevrolet.

If you want to talk to a professional about implementing these winter tips, contact a team member now or set up an appointment with our Service Center. Our ASE certified mechanics are ready to help you upgrade your vehicle and make it ready for your next road trip or even just your daily commute. We diagnose issues and help you find practical solutions to ensure your car is safe and in optimal shape for the cold weather.

Be Prepared Before You Hit The Road

  • Don’t drive on Empty: Bad weather can cause unexpected delays, so keep your gas tank at least half full and your cell phone charged.
  • Prepare your car for winter: Have our Service Department do any scheduled service and regular maintenance. Make sure your battery, tires, lights, wiper blades and other critical parts are ready for winter. Check tire pressure, as it can drop as the weather gets colder. Check out our Winter Car Prep Guide to learn more about what you can do.
  • Consider winter tires: Winter tires provide added traction in snow and ice, even for vehicles with four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. If you drive regularly in winter weather, a set of winter tires can be a smart investment. See our guide to learn when you should maintain your tires.
  • Know your vehicle: Review the sections of your owner’s manual covering antilock brakes, traction control, and four- or all-wheel-drive (if equipped) to make sure you are comfortable with their operation. For quick and easy access to your owner’s manual, check out the myChevrolet app.
  • Stock your car: In addition to a snow brush and ice scraper, it’s a good idea to carry a snow shovel and abrasive material such as sand or cat litter. Jumper cables, a flashlight, and emergency flares can help if you encounter unexpected problems. Cold weather clothing and an emergency blanket or sleeping bag can be critical if you are stuck or stranded.
Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet Traverse

What To Do When Behind The Wheel

  • Maintain your momentum: If you must travel up a hill in snowy conditions, it’s important to leave enough room in front of you and maintain your momentum while traveling uphill. Stopping in the middle of a hill can result in the driver becoming stuck.
  • Changing lanes: If you are going to change lanes, you may want to look for patches of snow-covered pavement, these areas often provide better traction for maneuvers. Once you signal for your turn and begin to maneuver to the next lane, if the vehicle slips it’s important to remember not to overcorrect or panic, the StabiliTrak® system will assist in your maneuver.
  • In case of a skid: Don’t pump the brakes. Look in the direction you want the car to go and steer smoothly in that direction. For modern vehicles with antilock brakes, don’t pump the brakes. Rather, maintain pressure on the pedal and let the ABS system modulate the braking.
  • If the vehicle gets stuck: Depending on your vehicle’s ground clearance and the snow conditions, you can sometimes gently rock the vehicle free. Turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the area around the front wheels (or using a snow shovel). Turn off any traction system. Gently shift back and forth between reverse and a low forward gear, spinning the wheels as little as possible. This creates a rocking motion that may help free the vehicle. However, if after a few attempts you are unsuccessful, it’s important to know when to call for help.
  • If the vehicle is stranded: Call OnStar for assistance. The winter driving section of owner’s manual has detailed instructions for intermittently running the vehicle to keep the interior warm. Be sure to clear snow from the base of the vehicle, especially any snow blocking the exhaust pipe. Open a window about two inches on the vehicle side away from the wind to bring in the fresh air.

Feel free to stop by today for a tune-up or set an appointment for a complete check-up. Our team is ready to help you improve your vehicle and take care of any issues before they become problems on the road. See more at our Service Department now.

Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet Traverse


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