Tips On Avoiding a Winter Pileup

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As you have likely seen, there were recently a few multi-car pileups that have happened all across the United States recently. That’s why we think it’s critical to know exactly how to drive safely in the winter and what you should do when driving on slick roads. To avoid the chances of a multi-car pileup, the experts at BMW of West St Louis have put together some useful winter driving safety tips to help you stay safe on the St Louis roads. For more information on how to drive safely in the winter months, feel free to contact us anytime!

Winter Driving Safety Tips

St. Louis winter driving can be treacherous if you’re not careful, and it’s important to know how to drive safely in winter to avoid any issues along the way. Therefore, we’ve put together a few winter driving safety tips to help you stay safe on the Ballwin roads this winter. That way, you can get you to your destination safely. Follow these tips below:

  • When driving on slick roads, you should drive slowly and cautiously, even if you’re late. There’s no need to rush, especially if the roads are bad.
  • Be sure to leave a comfortable following distance behind the vehicles in front of you. This will provide you additional stopping time if they stop suddenly. 
  • Know how your brakes react and when to use them. We also recommend checking to see if your vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes.
  • Accelerate and decelerate as slowly as possible and don’t be abrupt with your gas and brake pedals. 
  • It’s important not to hit the brakes if it’s not necessary, as this will help you avoid slipping and sliding.

Luckily, BMW of West St Louis has plenty of vehicles that will keep you safe on the Manchester roads. Check out our new and used vehicle inventory to look for AWD-equipped vehicles to handle adverse weather conditions with ease.

How To Handle a Multi-Car Pileup

No matter how careful you are, when driving on slick roads, you should always be ready for the unexpected. If you see a multi-car pileup ahead, be sure to follow these tips to help you stay safe:

  • Slow down, and do not tailgate.
  • Check your rearview mirror to make sure no vehicles or objects are about the crash into you. 
  • Pay close attention to the traffic around you at all times.
  • Be sure to take your time and do not make any quick changes to either speed or direction. 
  • If you find yourself unable to avoid a crash, be sure to press your brakes in small patterns gradually instead of slamming on the brakes, as this could cause you to slide.
  • If you do crash, be sure to remain inside your vehicle, and dial 911 or get help right away!

Although knowing how to drive safely in the winter might be challenging, you’ll be in good shape as long as you slow down and take your time, you should always be able to get to your destination safely in the Manchester area.

Learn More About St. Louis Winter Driving at BMW of West St Louis!

Now that you know more about St. Louis winter driving, be sure to stop by BMW of West St Louis for more information. If you want to get your vehicle ready for winter, be sure to schedule an appointment with our service department today! To save on your next service near Ladue, be sure to use our service specials!

 

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