Anybody who has lived in or around Okotoks, AB long enough knows that the winter months can be pretty grueling when it comes to driving, even when the vehicle doing the dirty work is something built for all terrains, like the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado or 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. Thankfully, we have enough experience driving in bad weather here at Okotoks Chevrolet Buick GMC that we can pass on a few helpful tips as we head into the year’s more frigid months.
First and foremost, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the cold weather, starting with your tires. Check your tire tread to make sure you’ve got enough to maintain traction on slippery surfaces or, even better, invest in some special winter tires, which we are happy to provide as your Calgary, AB Buick, Chevrolet and GMC dealership. On top of that, keep those tires properly inflated, as that has bearing on traction control, too.
Secondly, pack an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes an ice scraper, a snow shovel, and salt or sand, all of which could help get you out of a slippery situation. It also is important to keep an extra blanket in the car, as well as an extra pair of gloves and a stocking cap, just in case a vehicle gets stranded. Keeping half a tank of gas or more in your vehicle is a good idea as well, ensuring that you’ll at least have heat if you end up stuck in some snow.
Don’t use the cruise control, keep two hands on the steering wheel, and take your time getting to where you’re going. If you do all this, you’ll have a safe winter driving in the worst that Canada has to offer, and nothing is more important than keeping our customers safe!