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Chevy Offers Tips, Assistance for Winter Driving

It’s not a far drive north from the Valley of the Sun until the possibility of icy roads and drifting snow can turn a weekend adventure into a disaster. The folks at Chapman Chevrolet would like to offer a few tips on how to be prepared for winter driving, and to make you aware of some of the features in modern Chevrolets that can help you get out of a sticky situation.

Prepare Yourself Before Heading Out

Always check the weather reports before heading north this time of year. If bad weather is forecast, the best thing you can do is stay home. If that’s not possible, at least be prepared for the worst. Fill your tank before you head out so if you do get stuck waiting for a road to clear, you can at least run the heater. Stock your car with necessary helpful items, such as a cell phone charger, snow shovel and a bag of sand to pour under your wheels in case you slide off the road. Emergency flares, jumper cables, a flashlight and blankets are also a good idea. Stocking up with a jug of water and some nutrition bars will help you make it through an extended period out on the road.

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

Your father may have taught you to pump the brakes when sliding on ice. If you were driving a 1964 Comet, he was absolutely correct, but modern vehicles have anti-lock brakes and pumping them defeats the purpose. If you start to slide, don’t panic! Put gentle pressure on the brakes and steer your car very slightly in the direction you want to go. The ABS system will modulate all the braking. If the road is icy and you want to change lanes, wait until you come across a patch covered with snow. This will provide greater traction. If you do slide off the road, the OnStar system in your new Chevrolet will connect you with help that will get a responder out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, refer to your owner’s manual on how to run your car intermittently to keep the interior warm. Make sure and clear any drifted snow away from the tail pipe periodically and keep a window cracked to let in a bit of fresh air.

Don’t Put Off Required Service

If you have some winter driving in your plans, make sure and swing by Chapman Chevrolet for scheduled service and to examine your tires, windshield wipers, hoses, battery, lights and other critical elements. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is not only apt in this situation, but might save you from an extended period stuck in the bitter cold. If you do a lot of winter driving, consider a new Chevy with four-wheel or all-wheel drive.

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