As winter rolls into Columbus, Ohio, it is time to prepare your vehicle for snow and icy conditions and ensure you are a prepared driver. Whether you found your Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Subaru, or Jaguar at our Columbus dealership, we are here to help you protect your car and yourself this winter! 

Practice Your Driving Skills for a Columbus Winter in Your New Audi

One of the first things you can do as the snow approaches is to be more mindful of your driving habits and how they need to change on icy roads. Here are some good things to keep in mind the next time you have to drive during poor conditions:

?       Drive slowly. It will be harder to control or stop your car on a slick surface when you are driving at higher speeds.

?       Give plenty of space between you and other vehicles on the road. This will give you plenty of time to stop during quicker light changes and unexpected stops.

?       Know whether your car has an antilock brake system and learn how to use it properly. These prevent your wheels from locking up during braking. If your vehicle has this system, apply firm, continuous pressure to the brake pedal.

?       Try not to slam on your brakes. This will increase your chances of losing control and spinning out on an icy patch.

Switch Over to Winter Tires for Your Volkswagen in Columbus

You may want to consider switching to snow tires depending on expected snowfall and where you live in Columbus. These will provide extra traction to help cover icy terrain to prevent costly accidents and the resulting increase in insurance premiums. Changing your tires over a couple times a year is worthwhile in very snowy areas, and may be required by law in poor conditions. Even if you own a Subaru or other vehicle with all-wheel drive and all-season tires, winter tires could be a good idea!

Make Sure You Have Winter Tools in Your Subaru or Jaguar in Columbus

Before the first snowstorm hits, pack your ice scraper, booster cables, gloves, and other important winter tools in your vehicle for easy access. If you expect deep snow, you may want to put a shovel in your car to help clear paths and cat litter to give improved traction and ensure you do not get stuck. These are easy things to do as you wait for winter!

Columbus Porsche Dealer Tip - Pack a Survival Bag

In the chance that you do get stranded during a winter storm in Columbus, you should pack a survival bag or box to keep in your vehicle. Make sure to include basic items like first aid supplies, water, durable food, road flares, a phone charger, a crank flashlight, warm blankets, and any necessary medicine you or a family member may need.

Plan Your Travel and Route around Columbus

Before you venture out during a storm with slick conditions, make sure to do the following to plan your travel and route:

?       Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic in and around Columbus

?       Don’t rush; allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely and leave earlier if necessary

?       Familiarize yourself with directions to your destination and the area before you go, even if you use a GPS system

?       Let someone know your route and anticipated arrival time before you leave

If you would like to learn more about the capability of your tires and are unsure if you have an anti-lock braking system, contact our Columbus service technicians today! If it is time for a new vehicle that will help carry you safely through the winter, check out our new inventory or stop by our showroom. We look forward to serving you!

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