With the Great Blizzard Of 2016 finally in our collective rearview mirrors here in New Jersey, not only can we breathe a big sigh of relief, but we should also take a moment to think about how treacherous it is to drive when extreme winter weather hits. Here at your local new and used car Nissan dealership near Parsippany-Troy Hills, Nissan World of Denville, we want you to drive safely this winter. So we offer the following 15 Winter Safe Driving Tips. We also include some important Winter Car Care suggestions that we think are also important.
Tip 1 – Take It Slow
This may seem obvious but taking things slow when driving in snow or icy conditions is a must. You never know if or when you’ll hit a patch of black ice. The slower you go, the better chances you’ll be able to control your vehicle if that happens. Accelerate and decelerate slowly and evenly.
Tip 2 – Avoid Driving Impaired Or Distracted
Driving while “buzzed” or over the limit should be avoided regardless of the weather. However, driving impaired only magnifies the danger in bad weather. This also goes for using your cell phone, fiddling with the audio or heating controls, or anything else that takes your eyes off the road. Drowsy driving also falls into this same category. Be sure to get enough sleep and stay alert. If you find yourself getting tired, get off the highway when it’s safe to do so and find a place to rest and refresh.
Tip 3 – Don’t Warm Up Your Car In The Garage
We know it’s tempting to do so, but you can possibly die from carbon monoxide poisoning. A warmer car simply isn’t worth the risk. Nissan’s available smart key fob with Remote Engine Start lets you start up your Nissan and even adjust the inside temperature. It will even turn on the available heated steering wheel, defrost the windows and the outside mirrors so you’re good to go.
Tip 4 – Mixing Summer & Winter Tires Is A Bad Idea
If you swap out your summer tires for winter ones, be careful not to mix radial tires with other types which may cause you to lose control.
Tip 5 - Have Plenty Of Gas
We saw what happened when people were stuck on the interstate for up to 24 hours because of the recent blizzard. That’s a strong reminder to keep your car fueled up, so you’re ready for those kinds of situations.
Tip – 6 Avoid Using Your Parking Brake
You could snap the cable, or the brake may stick in such cold weather.
Tip – 7 Don’t Use Cruise Control
You’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic anyway, so what’s the point? Also, using cruise control may make you lose control on icy roadways.
Tip – 8 Check The Weather
Obviously, if there’s a whiteout, a blizzard, or if Governor Christie says stay home, you should heed that advice. Be sure to check the forecast so you know ahead of time what to expect. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you are going if you head out with wintry weather on its way.
Tip – 9 Look & Steer In The Direction Of Travel
Remember what you were taught in driving school? Well, maybe not. So as a reminder, if you start to skid, look and steer in the direction of the skid and don’t try to overcorrect. You’ll wind up spinning out, or worse.
Tip – 10 Stay With Your Vehicle
If you do get stuck as many people did last January, stay with your vehicle. Tie a bright cloth to your antenna, keep the windows closed, and keep the interior lights on at night to make you easier to spot.
Tip – 11 Maintain Your Momentum
If you can do it safely, keep rolling slowly until the traffic light changes so as to avoid spinning your wheels from a dead stop.
Tip – 12 Don’t Try To Power Up Hills
You’ll just spin your wheels or get stuck. Build up speed gradually and then reduce your speed when you start getting over the hill.
Tip – 13 Carry An Emergency Kit
You don’t know how long you’ll be stuck in a snowdrift. So it’s always a good idea to be prepared by carrying an emergency kit that, at a minimum, should contain blankets, gloves, hats, a flashlight, jumper cables, first-aid supplies, food, water, extra medicines, and a spare charged-up cell phone. It’s also important to keep some of these items with you in the car in case you can’t get to the trunk. You can order emergency kits from the AAA, the American Red Cross, or find them at automotive retail stores.
Tip – 14 Wear Your Seatbelt
One of the most basic, and most obvious, safety tips is to wear your seatbelt. And make sure your passengers are buckled up. Use a car seat that’s appropriate for your kids and make sure it is secured properly in the back seat where it’s safest.
Tip 15 – Make Sure Your Car Is Ready For Winter
Inspect your tires and brakes for any signs of wear. Replace windshield wiper blades. Check for cracks in belts or bulges and soft spots in hoses. Be sure your fluids, including oil and transmission fluid, are topped off. Ensure that you have enough of the correct antifreeze. Make sure your lights are in good working order. And change out dirty air filters.
Take On Winter In A New Nissan
One of the best ways to drive safely this winter is by driving a car that’s up to the task. Both the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, 2016 Nissan Armada, and Titan pickups for sale in New Jersey at Nissan World of Denville are great choices for what winter may throw at you.
With an advanced available All-Mode 4X4 Dial, you can dial in the Pathfinder’s All-Wheel capabilities when you need them. Or, switch to Auto Mode that automatically and intuitively changes to 4X4 when conditions demand it. The 2016 Pathfinder features a strong 260-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine with 240 lb.-ft. of torque to keep you going. And the Pathfinder’s rugged chassis and suspension get the job done.
Step up to the luxurious, yet powerfully capable, 2016 Nissan Armada. It’s an SUV that gives you more luxury, more power, and more room for your entire family and their gear. The Armada’s fully boxed frame, available 20-inch wheels, and massive 5.5-liter, 317-hp Endurance V8 with 385 lb.-ft. of torque is ready to get you there in style, even when the going gets tough. Like the Pathfinder, the Armada’s All-Mode 4WD® instantly responds to changing road conditions to help keep you in control with confident assurance.
But for the ultimate weapon to tackle the tough New Jersey winter, arm yourself with the all-new 2016 Titan XD Pro-4X® full-size pickup. With a monstrous 310-hp Cummins® 5.0-liter Turbo Diesel pumping out a prodigious 555 lb.-ft. of torque combined with the Titan’s advanced, shift-on-the-fly 4WD drive system, Bilstein® Shocks, all-terrain tires, electric locking differential, rugged frame, and high ground clearance, all you have to say about winter is: “bring it on.”
Get The Hottest Deals At Nissan World Of Denville
The weather’s freezing but the deals are heating up at your local Denville, NJ new and used car Nissan dealer, Nissan World of Denville. You’ll warm up to the blistering savings on our entire new 2015 or 2016 Nissan lineup. Hurry in for sizzling special lease and purchase offers, as well as money-saving Nissan manufacturer incentives. You’ll save even more when you choose from our smoking-hot selection of Nissan Certified Pre-Owned vehicles in New Jersey.
If you are in the market for quality used cars under $15,000 near Denville, we have lots to choose from. Visit our Nissan dealership near Morristown, NJ today for some of the best deals on a new Nissan. We’re conveniently located at 3057 New Jersey 10 East, Denville, NJ 07834. For Sales, please call 877-726-1182. For Service, call 877-740-9607.