Safe Winter Driving Tips

Well, winter is upon us as are slippery and dangerous driving conditions that can occur during the frigid temperatures and storms. Whether ice, sleet or snowy conditions, driving in the winter months can be more than challenging. With that said, the team of dedicated automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to provide some important tips and insight to our valued clients on safe winter driving.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our clients are always our number one priority, which is why, in addition to our high-quality automotive products and services, we offer the highest quality customer service as well. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing superior customer service to our clients, we make every effort to offer informed advice on safety and safe driving as well as automotive industry news. Our team of friendly, dedicated techs always puts the well-being, happiness and safety of our clients first. With that in mind, we wanted to take this time now to share with you some helpful and important tips for safe winter driving.


When travelling in various types of winter conditions, whether travelling by day or by night, it is important to keep a safe distance of at least one car’s length behind the vehicle travelling in front of you. Should the vehicle ahead encounter slippery conditions and start swerving and skidding, when you are far enough behind you can slow your speed and take necessary steps to avoid an accident.

One of the biggest problems winter driving causes is that of visibility issues as a result of icing or a steady snowfall on your windshield. When experiencing visibility issues, it is very important that you keep an even greater distance of at least two car lengths from the vehicle in front of you as well as slowing your travel speed. With visibility issues, it is critical that you remain focused on the road ahead and alert to your surroundings in order to be able to act and react quickly and effectively in an unsuspecting circumstance.

The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommends that when driving in the winter, you drive with your lights on. During a storm, especially, this will provide you with an added layer of safety and protection and will also allow for other traffic and vehicles to be aware of your presence both ahead and behind you.


To ensure that your vehicle is prepped and ready to handle the winter driving challenges, start by checking the air levels in your tires and ensuring they are appropriate. The cold weather temperatures more times than not cause your tires to lose air pressure. In addition, make certain that your windshield wiper blades are in mint condition. You certainly don’t want to find yourself caught in a storm with wiper blades that are old and worn and cannot provide you with much needed clear visibility.

Further considerations and helpful tips include testing the defroster in your vehicle to be sure it is working properly. Your defroster will be used often throughout your winter driving and will help to enhance your driving visibility.

Finally, we want to remind you to top off all your fluids and perform an oil change. Top off such fluids as the windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid and brake fluid, all of which will contribute to safer winter driving. The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is on hand to take care of these tasks for you and help prepare and maintain your vehicle throughout the winter driving season.


Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of dedicated professionals are committed to providing you with only the highest quality automotive products and services this side of the state. With that said, in addition to the important tips for safe winter driving we have shared with you, if you are in need of auto repairs or services of any type, we are the team for you. Simply reach out to one of our staff to make your appointment. With a new year upon us, we would like to send along wishes to all our valued clients for a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021 New Year ahead!

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