General Car Driving Safety Tips
At Midway Dodge our dedicated Dodge Service Center is your one stop shop for fixing you car right the first time. After getting your vehicle in top shape it is always important to keep car driving safety in mind when heading back on the road. Here are some hints & tips for driving in the Chicagoland area:
- Avoid driving while fatigued. Getting enough rest will make driving easier and less stressful in the long run.
- Never warm up a car in an enclosed space such as a garage.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated and you have a set of four all season or winter tires. Never mix radial tires with all season.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- Avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy, or stormy weather.
- Do not use cruise control on any slippery surface especially the snow in the winter.
- Always look and steer the direction you want to go.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Have working wiper blades.
- Fill up on anti-freeze and window washer fluid.
- Make sure your battery is charged.
Long Distance Car Driving Safety Tips
- Make sure your car has been inspected and is in peak performance condition when traveling during the winter months. Being stranded or having something serious happen when you are on the road is not fun. Schedule an appointment at Midway Dodge to ensure your vehicle is ready for a long trip!
- If you must go on your trip and you can't delay due to inclement weather, notify friends and family of your route, when you are leaving and when you plan on returning. It is important so if something happens and you are stranded people know what is going on.
- Keep at least a half tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
- Put your insurance company's phone number in your phone in case something happens and you have to call for help, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any medication you need.
Winter Car Driving Safety Tips
- Stay in your vehicle if you become snow-bound, it is a shelter and you won't lose it if you wander away during a bad storm.
- Just like at home, if you are stuck, don't over do it when trying to dig or push your vehicle out of the snow.
- If you are stuck, tie a bright piece of fabric onto your window to let rescuers know you need help.
- Make sure your exhaust pipe isn't covered. If covered it could cause deadly carbon monoxide to come into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
- If you are stuck and need something to stay warm, use whatever is handy like floor mats, newspapers or paper mats to keep warm.
- Run the engine long enough to keep the chill out of the air and to conserve gasoline.
Spring Car Driving Safety Tips
With all the beauty spring brings, it also presents a unique set of driving challenges.
Here are some common-sense tips to keep in mind as you hit the highway during this sometimes slick and soggy time of year.
- When rain or mist begins, slow down.
- Turn on your fan and defroster to keep the inside of your windshield clear of moisture.
- Avoid driving through big puddles; splashing water could affect your brakes and impair the vision of other motorists.
- Be alert for icy conditions caused by thawing snow, spring rains or mist, especially in shaded areas, and on bridges and overpasses. These areas tend to freeze first.
- Look carefully for pedestrians; they can be difficult to see in rain and fog. (Don't count on them looking out for you.)
- Never text and drive
- Only use a hands-free phone
If you have any additional questions please contact the team at Midway Dodge by phone at 888-416-9124 or by filling out our contact form by clicking below!