Posts Tagged ‘driving’

Winter Driving Tips

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Winter driving tipsDriving in the winter can be tough, especially when there is snow and ice on the road to deal with.  Here are some winter driving tips to keep you safe (and out on the road) during the season:

  1. Slow down – Seriously, there’s no rush. You should reduce your speed by 50% when driving on snowy roads, but it’s important to not go any slower than that because losing your momentum means you might get stuck.
  2. Loosen your grip – Clinging too tightly to the steering wheel can actually cause a loss of control. Keep a light touch on all of your controls.
  3. Know how to deal with skids – We all know how easy it is to skid when braking on icy roads. But the key is not to brake too hard, as this will lock your brakes up.  If you start to skid, turn gently towards the direction you want to go and don’t touch the brakes.

These simple tips will keep you safer on the road.  And if you’re a AAA member, they can help you out of a bad situation, too.  Here are even more tips from them.  Stay safe!

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Driving in Winter WeatherDriving in winter weather isn’t desirable to anyone, let alone those traveling to see family. If you aren’t used to winter weather, we’d recommend you stay off the roads. That isn’t always possible, though, and winter can be harsh. To stay safe, remember these tips for driving in winter weater.

  1. Brake carefully. Start braking earlier than you would on dry roads. Slick roads won’t allow you to slow down as quickly and even the slightest error in timing can lead to a fender bender. Take the safe route and brake earlier than you think you need to.
  2. Avoid cruise control. Using cruise control is a convenient feature in the warmer parts of the year. In winter, it can lead to an accident. Assume all roads have slippery spots. Hitting your brakes to deactivate cruise control on one of these spots could easily lead to an accident or losing control of the vehicle.
  3. 4×4 isn’t invincible. For the most part, four-wheel-drive will give you the ability to get moving on winter roadways but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop or keep your traction. You still need to take precautions, driving slowly and keeping a significant amount of space in between you and other drivers.

The Best Ice Scrapers Available

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

best ice scrapersWhen it comes to ice scrapers, a lot of people just use some whatever they found at the store, or whatever they’ve gotten from a family member, or something that’s been sitting in their trunk or back seat for so long that they can’t really remember where it came from originally. Those who are really unprepared often end up using their sleeve to wipe snow off of their windshield, and then sit in their car waiting for the defroster to take care of the rest. But have you ever done some real research into what the best ice scrapers available are?

Fortunately, you don’t have to: the folks at went ahead and did the legwork for you. Their number one recommendation? The Hopkins 14039 Sub Zero Extendable 50-inch Crossover Snow Broom, which sells for $18 on Amazon and has a long (and extendable) handle, comfortable grip, and well-angled blade for scraping ice. The runner up was the Dart Seasonal Products CB99 38” to 62” Telescopic Snow Removal Car Brush with Ice Scraper, which is almost just as good (but a little pricier) when compared to the Hopkins Snow Broom.

Do you have a favorite model that you think deserves to be in the conversation of best ice scrapers of all time? Here at Hassett Automotive, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!