Winter Driving Tips for Your Land Rover

Driving your Land Rover in San Diego, CA, during the winter months can mean that you take more care in preparing before driving long distances.  Consider reviewing some winter driving tips if you take a road trip and encounter snow and ice on the roadways.

  • Make sure you aren’t rushed during winter driving.  The faster you drive in winter snow or icy conditions, the more likely you are to be in a dangerous situation. 
  • Make sure that your gas tank is always full during the winter months.  If you must wait for help, it is better that you have gas in your Land Rover, so you can run your heater and stay warm.
  • Make sure your windshield is clean and clear of snow or ice.  Have a scraper in your vehicle and use your car defroster when needed. 
  • Make sure you drive slower than usual in adverse road conditions.  The speed limit posted is for dry road conditions, so driving slower when it is slippery is necessary to stay safe.
  • Make sure you aren’t using your smartphone to text or make phone calls.  If you need to answer or make a phone call, it is essential to get off the road first.  You are less likely to be in a car accident if your focus is solely on driving.
  • Stay back when you see snowplows or salt trucks that lay sand on the roadways.  This road equipment needs plenty of space to work and staying far enough behind the road equipment will protect your vehicle. 
  • If you know you’ll drive over mountain passes on a trip this winter, but chains ahead of time.  Remember that the speed limit with chains is under 30 miles per hour.
  • If you are stuck or have an accident, call for help and stay inside your vehicle.
  • Have an emergency kit with warm socks, gloves, and an extra pair of pants in the box.  Also, include food and water in your emergency kit.
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