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At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This committment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The holiday season officially here, and with that comes winter weather and dangerous driving conditions. Drivers are more impatient when rushing to finish all the Christmas shopping, or attempting holiday travel for family gatherings. Keep the holidays happy and yourself and family safe by preparing in advance for the winter driving months. The first place to start for winter driving safety is before you leave your home with some key tasks you can take care of now...

  • ŸAddress any minor vehicle repairs or look into that funny noise coming from the engine.  Properly inflate your tires, check your battery, hoses, radiator, lights, and brakes.
  • Ÿ Keep a full tank of gas.
  • Ÿ Stock your car with the following winter travel items: Tire chains, Ice scraper/snowbrush, Jumper cables, and Road Flares.
  • ŸPrepare a basic winter survival kit and keep it in your vehicle. It should include the following: Flashlight, Batteries, Blanket, Gloves/boots, Water/snacks, and First aid kit.

Keep in mind some key winter driving tips for safety:

  • ŸAlways buckle up for safety, winter or summer.
  • ŸClean off windows and headlights before leaving your driveway to allow for unobstructed vision.
  • ŸLeave earlier than usual to allow time for delays and poor road conditions. If you are not rushed, you are likely to make safer driving decisions.
  • ŸDon’t drive when you are tired. A rested driver is able to take on the increased challenges posed with winter conditions.
  • ŸReduce your speed on ice and snow.
  • ŸAlways drive with your headlights on.
  • ŸLeave extra room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
  • ŸBe extra cautious approaching bridges, off-ramps, intersections, and shady spots.
  • ŸNever use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
  • ŸSnowplow drivers have a very limited field of vision; stay back 15 car lengths until you are confident of the safety of passing.
  • ŸDon’t power up hills. Your wheels will spin when you apply extra gas on snow-covered roads. Instead, get a little momentum going before the hill, allowing it to carry you to the top. Just before the crest of the hill, carefully reduce your speed to continue down the hill safely.
  • ŸNever stop going up a hill. It can be dangerous trying to move uphill on an icy road.

WSDOT is an excellent resource and wants drivers to be informed of the latest highway conditions across the state, road closures and pass conditions.  Add WSDOT’s social media apps to your phone so you can be prepared with the latest conditions at your fingertips: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform

Lastly and perhaps the best driving tip to keep you safe this winter: consider staying at home.  Even the most experienced drivers in poor conditions can do nothing about those that are not safe drivers.  Reduce your risk and stay home with a mug of hot chocolate next to the fire on these cold, rainy and snowy days.