New luxury cars are amazing machines with plenty of technology designed to make them fuel-efficient, luxurious, fun, and -- above all -- safe. No matter how good those designers and engineers are, there's one thing they can't build into their cars: you. That's why it's especially important to educate yourself to get the most out of your car. The changing seasons around Gahanna, OH are a good time to brush up on safe driving. With that in mind, here are some winter driving safety tips from Byers Imports.
If the weather's terrible, your first question should be whether you really need to venture out. If so, start by making sure your car has a full tank in case of traffic or delays in getting to a gas station later. Also be sure your car is free of snow and ice to improve visibility and other drivers' safety. Charge your phone in case you need to make an emergency call later (not while you're driving, please). If you're warming up or idling your car, don't do it in an enclosed space.
Things that you wouldn't give a second thought to on a sunny day -- braking, accelerating, making turns, or accelerating from a full stop -- take a bit more thought when there's snow or ice on the ground. A heavy hand or a lead foot can cause trouble. You'll also need to pay close attention to road conditions, keeping an eye out not only for other drivers, but also for changes in the road surface (especially on bridges and overpasses). A patch of dry ground when you've been driving on ice can be as disorienting as hitting a patch of ice on an otherwise dry road.
There are a few other things to be mindful of. Don't use your parking brake if you don't have to. Likewise, avoid cruise control since it slows your reaction time. If you have to pull over for any reason, make sure your exhaust pipe stays clear. And perhaps most importantly, make sure your car is ready for the season by winterizing it. Byers Imports provides luxury car service near Gahanna, OH. You can reach us at 888-808-7202, or just stop by 401 North Hamilton Road in Columbus, OH.