Winter Storm Boreas: Prepare Yourself for Holiday Driving

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This Thanksgiving, holiday travelers are going to have more to worry about than gas prices and rush hour. With winter storm Boreas on the horizon, drivers will need to be more cautious on the roadways. Not only will driving conditions be poor during the storm, but the snow and ice will remain after the storm has passed.

Even if you’re staying in Atlanta for the holidays, you’ll probably experience some of the torrential rains and high winds that can make for tough travels around town. By following a few driving tips for these stormy conditions, you can keep yourself and your passengers safe and still make it to the dinner table on time.

Slow Down

It may seem obvious to drive slower in stormy conditions, but many travelers are in a rush during the holidays. There are deadlines and dinner times, but your safety is most important. Allow yourself more time to get to your destination, so you can drive slower and stay safe.

Go Easy on the Brakes

Start braking sooner in icy or wet conditions and brake slowly to prevent skidding out of control. Leave yourself three times the amount of space you normally would when stopping.

Keep it Clean

Before you hit the road over the holidays, make sure your headlights and windshield are spotless. Always clean your windshield when you fill up the gas tank and make sure the wheels and underside of your vehicle are free of snow and ice. Don’t forget to keep your headlights on for better visibility.

Your Vehicle Is Not Invincible

As your Cadillac, Buick, Chevy and GMC car dealer, we know that we sell the best vehicles for driving in all conditions. Although, no vehicle handles perfectly in all types of weather – even if it is four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, so drive with caution whether you’re in a front-wheel drive sedan or a four-wheel drive pick-up truck.

Service Your Vehicle

Stop by Southtowne Motors, your Newnan car dealer, to have your vehicle serviced before you hit the road. Make sure your vehicle is in top shape from the brakes to the windshield wipers, and most of all, please drive safely over the holidays.

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