The temperatures are getting pretty low-that's right; it's finally winter time. While there's a lot to like about the winter season, from holiday gatherings to winter sports and more, the season brings with it its own set of unique challenges-particularly when it comes to driving.


Driving during winter can be hazardous thanks to snow and ice, slick streets, low visibility and increased traffic on the roads. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to ensure that you and your passengers remain safe on the road, and the staff here at AutoCenters Nissan has put together a few tips that will help you out.


·         Don't speed-ever. When winter arrives, the roads can be slick with snow and ice. Visibility can be low, and there's an awful lot of holiday traffic clogging up the roadways. These are all great reasons to obey posted speed limits, which can greatly reduce your likelihood of a collision.

·         Don't drive while impaired. Whether you've been drinking at a holiday party or are exhausted from driving all night to get to grandma's house, you won't be safe on the road. You need a sharp mind to be a safe driver, so avoid getting behind the wheel if you're intoxicated or tired.

·         Secure your roof cargo. Got a roof rack laden down with luggage, presents or a Christmas tree? Make sure it's properly secured-and don't haul cargo on the roof of your vehicle if you don't have a roof rack.

·         Map out your route ahead of time. Especially if you have a long drive ahead of you, it's important that you know where you're going. Spending time consulting your map or fumbling with your GPS while driving can be exceedingly dangerous, so plan out your route before you embark.

·         Be extra careful on slick roads. When there's ice on the roads, you'll want to be even more careful than usual. You should try to avoid driving on bridges or roads that aren't very well traveled if possible, because these will be the first to ice over and won't thaw very quickly.


All you need to do to be a safer driver this winter is follow those tips and be as careful and cautious as ever, whether you're driving to the holiday party down the street or across state lines to visit your family.


Still want to know how to remain safe on the road? The staff at AutoCenters Nissan doesn't just have all the information you need about buying a new Nissan or used Nissan vehicle at our Wood River dealership. Our staff members can help you learn more about driving safely, proper auto maintenance and much more, so stop by our showroom today!