No matter how good of a driver you are, when the inclement weather comes and the days get darker, the risk of an accident goes up. The autumn season brings with it blowing winds, lots of debris, less daylight, and snow, here in Colorado, so it’s important to be prepared for different driving conditions. You want to stay safe on the road, whether that’s in the city, or in the mountains, and the right upgrades and planning can help you do just that.
Both you and your vehicle need a tune-up, in order to best handle the potential driving dangers of this time of year. Here are a few tips to help you safely transition to autumn driving:
- Re-stock your emergency kits
You’re only as good as the tools you have with you, so take the time to go through your emergency kits and other tool bags in your car. Replace what you used over the summer, and add cold weather items like additional clothing, safety blankets, portable heaters, snow shovels, ice scrapers, and more.
- Brighten your lights
Gray, cloudy days and fewer light hours call for improved lighting for your vehicle. Consider upgrading your headlights, installing specialty fog lights, or adding a custom lightbar. Replace any old, dim, or broken lights now as well, and put a few flashlights in your safety kit.
- Swap out your tires
For maximum traction on the roads, think about swapping out your summer tires for a winter-ready set. If you usually have two sets, make the switch soon, and if you don’t, swing by your local 4×4 mechanic and ask for recommendations.
- Use extra caution
The autumn season can bring more traffic, as schools are back in session, and more dangerous weather too, so it’s time to be extra cautious on the roads. Drive with your running lights on, obey the speed limits, keep more distance between you and other cars, and always be on the lookout for pedestrians and accidents ahead.
- Service your heater and defroster
When you’re warm and have good visibility from your windows, you’re a safer driver. Take the time now to head to a 4×4 service center to get your heating unit serviced, and check your defrosters as well. Make sure the cold and frost don’t get in the way of your driving this fall!
Ready to make the upgrades you need to stay safe on the road? Come down to our shop and get started!