Here in Downers Grove, Illinois, winter can be brutal. The combination of wet, heavy snow and frigid winds off Lake Michigan can make the roads a real hazard to drive on. As sellers of safe, reliable Ford vehicles, we at Packey Webb Ford care about your family’s safety. To help you stay safe while driving in Chicago this winter, here are some recommendations.
Drive slowly: Even if you don’t think the pavement seems very slick, it’s a good idea to reduce your speed by around 20-30 percent in the winter. And give extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
Be cautious: Don’t make any risky lane changes or traffic maneuvers you’d normally make on a dry summer day. Take it easy and be careful during these months, doing all you can to avoid impulsive or unwarranted movements.
Avoid rapid changes in speed: The more suddenly you brake or accelerate, the more likely your car’s tires will slip and slide across the road. Gradual changes in speed help the tires maintain traction on the road.
Use your car’s safety systems: Ford offers many driver-assistive safety technologies that make it easier for you to maintain control of your car on slippery roads. If your car has these, make sure you’re using them properly. And if it doesn’t, we highly recommend upgrading to a new Ford with Ford Co-Pilot360 and all-wheel drive.
For a safe, reliable SUV, crossover, or pickup truck for your family, visit Packey Webb Ford. We have an abundance of affordable models in stock right now.