Don’t bundle up
MNStudio /Shutterstock Sure, it’s cold outside, but it shouldn’t be freezing in your car, according to Jason Harper on behalf Chevrolet. Take off those thick gloves, he advises, because they mute the feedback from the steering wheel and make controls more difficult to work, and ditch wearing your bulky coat on a long ride since it restricts arm movements and impedes response time.
And those huge snow boots? “They’re a problem,” adds Harper. “It’s hard to feel the pedals under your feet with big boots on, and you’re more likely to hit the wrong pedal—especially in an emergency situation.” Keep a pair of sneakers in the car and slip them on when you’re ready to drive.
And NEVER dress your baby in a puffy coat for a road trip, a serious car seat mistake.
Clear all the snow off your car
Dutourdumonde Photography /Shutterstock “Always, always clear your entire vehicle of snow and ice,” insists Rebecca Lindland of Kelly’s Blue Book. Do not leave snow piled on the roof, she advises, because it will only slide off behind you when you accelerate or directly onto your windshield when you brake. Both situations are dangerous as you already know if you’ve ever swerved around someone else’s snow pile or had your own blind you. Start the snow melting and get the defrosting done before you get into the vehicle with a remote starter, she adds. OnStar’s suite of RemoteLink apps, for example, enable you to stop/start and lock/unlock your vehicle right from your smartphone. Use these tricks to clear snow off your car quickly.