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Tips for driving in wintry weather

Monday, October 15, 2012 9:32:07 AM

With winter weather fast approaching, business travelers should be paying closer attention to weather forecasts - some states have already experienced their first snows of the year. A car rental can definitely make business trips easier, but if you're driving in an unfamiliar climate, you should brush up on your winter weather driving tips.

If you're taking advantage of business travel car rental, you won't need to worry about this tip - but if you're driving your personal car into winter weather, the Department of Transportation recommends ensuring that your antifreeze and windshield washer fluids are full to capacity. You'll also want to have your brakes, tires, defroster, heater, exhaust system and windshield wipers in top condition before heading out. Taking advantage of a rental car service can alleviate these costs if you don't normally live in a cold-weather climate. When packing for your business trip, you might want to take along a windshield scraper for early morning or late night ice.

You'll want to pay attention to certain driving techniques when venturing through potentially icy or snowy climates. Make sure to allow enough time to get to your destination. Speeding causes frequent offroading in northern climates, even on well-salted major highways. In extreme weather, play it safe and drive slow. If in doubt, don't be afraid to drive under the posted speed limit.

Those who live in warmer climates often don't realize that a low gas tank can freeze in cold temperatures. Keep your gas tank full at all times to stay prepared.

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