New Jersey Winter Driving Tips

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Winter in New Jersey is in full force, and with that has come snow flurries, cold winds, and icy roads. There’s no question that driving on Freehold roads in these conditions can be scary and stressful. Whether you’re new to the area and are trying to learn how to drive through snow or are looking for some extra New Jersey winter driving tips, Galaxy Toyota has you covered. Keep reading to learn some great winter driving tips that will help keep you safe on your Toms River commute.

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Winter Driving Tips: Preparation

One of the most essential winter driving tips we can offer at Galaxy Toyota is to be prepared beforehand. By following these tips prior to winter’s arrival, you’ll be ready to handle whatever conditions you encounter on the road:

  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated, as fluctuating temperatures can cause changes in tire pressure. 
  • Inspect your tire’s tread and replace any balding tires if necessary to avoid slipping and sliding on icy roads.
  • Make sure you have an ice scraper in your car to clear snow and ice off of your windows. 
  • Replace old windshield wipers that are worn down or smearing, as wintry conditions will only stress them out further.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car with essential items such as a first aid kit, gloves, cell phone charger, hat, blankets, and a small shovel in case you’re in an accident or your vehicle breaks down. 

Winter Driving Tips: How to Drive Through Snow

Now that you’ve prepared your vehicle for winter, you’re ready to hit the road. If you find yourself driving in inclement weather, be sure to follow the tips below to keep you and your passengers safe on Long Branch roads:

  • Know the current road conditions by visiting localconditions.com.
  • Let your car warm up for 30-60 seconds after starting it to ensure your motor oil has time to flow properly.
  • Clear snow and ice from all lights and windows.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are wearing theirs too.
  • Stay connected with a friend or family member who knows your route and estimated arrival time.
  • Pay attention at all times – never take your eyes off the road or text while you’re driving.
  • Drive slowly, as it is more difficult to stop in icy or snowy conditions.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
  • Use brakes carefully and do not pump anti-lock brakes.
  • Watch for slippery bridge decks.
  • Don’t use cruise control in wintry conditions.
  • Don’t get overconfident in your AWD vehicle.
  • Look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do.
  • Keep in mind that trucks are heavier than cars.

Drive Confidently This Winter With Galaxy Toyota!

Whether you have questions or want more information on New Jersey winter driving tips, please don’t hesitate to contact us! If you need to bring your vehicle to Galaxy Toyota for an inspection or maintenance, you can easily schedule service with us online. Don’t forget to check out our rotating selection of service specials to see how much you can save at your next appointment in Eatontown!

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