Five Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

Safe driving in any weather can be tricky, but snow and ice bring even more challenges. Make sure to give yourself extra time to reach your destination and keep a safe distance from cars around it. Check out these additional tips to help get you to your destination safely.

  1. Stay off the roads – You may not have a choice but to leave your home or work, but this is the one way to ensure you are safe when traveling conditions deteriorate.
  2. Let your light shine – Your headlights can not only help you see, but also alert other drivers to your presence. (Make sure your headlights can be seen. If they seem dim, Ron’s Complete Auto Body can polish them up and make them look good as new!)
  3. Remove snow from your car – It’s not just the snow covering your windshield that prevents you from seeing, but snow flying up from your hood can re-cover your windows while driving. Make sure you clear your windows of course, but don’t forget to clear off your hood, roof, headlights and tail lights. This will also help other drivers.
  4. All ready? – Take time to make sure your car is ready to go in any condition, especially winter. Have all your fluids topped off including antifreeze. Replace your wiper blades and have your battery checked to ensure proper starting in cold temperatures.
  5. Be ready for Emergencies – Always be prepared. Here are a just some items you should keep in your car in case of emergencies.
    • Reflective warning triangles
    • Foam tire sealant
    • Jumper cables
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Gloves
    • Rags
    • Duct tape
    • Multipurpose utility tool
    • Drinking water
    • Nonperishable snacks
    • Warm blanket.
    • Snow shovel
    • Cat litter for traction
    • Ice scraper

 

Even if you follow these tips, you may find yourself in an accident. If you need repairs to your car, contact us at Ron’s Complete Auto Body.

Are your headlights showing you the way?

It’s night and you’re driving down a dark road. You check to see if your headlights are on, and they are. In fact, your high beams (brights) are on too. So how come it still seems so dark ahead?

It may be that your headlights have become hazy, cloudy or yellowed. They may also have moisture trapped in between the light and the cover. So why do they become so dull and cloudy? Plastic!

Headlights today are made of hard plastics and are covered with a protective film. Long exposure to sun and other elements, heat from the lights and using the wrong cleaning products can break down the protective film leaving your headlights looking dull.

So why is this bad?

Well besides looking bad, there is also a very real safety issue. (Remember driving down the dark road as we mentioned above?) Your chances of running into something are greatly increased. 

 What can you do?

There are ways to prevent headlight problems, but you have to be cautious.

  1. Be careful about polishing the headlights because it can wear down that clear coat. There should be no grit at all in the polish and the soft polish medium can remove early signs of yellowing.
  2. Park your car in a garage or make sure the headlights face away from the sun. to prevent ultraviolet light damage.
  3. Wash the lights (and the rest of the car) with an automotive soap every quarter. Washing can prevent the buildup of dirt and other things that promote the yellowing.
  4. If all that fails, it may be time to have professionals step in.

At Ron’s Complete Auto Body, we can polish them up and make them look good as new!