Man stuck on the side of the road and calling for help. Heritage toyota winter driving tips

Winter is coming. It’s time to start thinking about how to be a safer driver

Heritage Toyota winter driving lessons

There is nothing quite like the quiet that follows a fresh snowfall. However, that peace can be quickly interrupted by having to drive through said snow. Driving in the winter presents a set of unique challenges which require rapt attention. Heritage Toyota wants to help people be better drivers as well as safer behind the wheel. Our sales team has gone around the dealership and asked for everyone’s best winter driver tips as well as finding some useful videos that people can watch whenever they would like. In the course of their research, a few points became very clear and we’d like to share them with you.

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How to stay safe behind the wheel this winter

1. The most important tip we can offer is to remind everyone to slow down this winter. Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination without speeding. This is good advice all the time, but it’s especially important when the roads are snowy and/or slippery.

2. Four-wheel-drive isn’t magic. Having a vehicle equipped with four-wheel or all-wheel-drive doesn’t negate the laws of physics. Certainly, these systems can help provide extra traction in winter driving conditions, but they don’t make your car, truck or SUV immune to slipping and sliding. Slow down and travel at a speed that is appropriate for the conditions.

3. Let someone know. If driving during bad weather or poor road conditions cannot be avoided, let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to arrive. If you slide off the road, make sure your cellphone is charged and you know how to get help.

Other important winter driving information

These videos have some great tips on what to do when you get behind the wheel this winter, including how to properly use Toyota all-wheel-drive systems.

If it’s time to upgrade to something that will be better in the snow and ice, make an appointment with a Heritage Toyota sales professional today.