Winter Driving Tips for Kansas City Drivers
The winter weather is coming fast, which could make driving from Kansas City to Independence or in the Overland Park area difficult, or even dangerous. Use our tips for driving in snow and ice to keep you and yours safe when you take your Mazda — equipped with i-ACTIV AWD® — out on the road this cold season.
Check Your Vehicle
Before you even slide behind the wheel, make sure you and your vehicle are ready to handle the trip safely:
- Put on Winter Tires
- Check Tire Tread
- Ensure Adequate Tire Inflation
- Have Chains in Case You Get Stuck
- Keep Your Gas Tank at Least Half Full
- Inspect Belts, Hoses, and Brakes for Wear
- Fill Coolant with an Antifreeze Mix
- Top Off Windshield Washer Fluid with Winter Blend
- Have the Exhaust System Inspected
- Replace Wiper Blades
- Inspect Heater and Window Defroster
By preparing your vehicle in advance, you reduce the likelihood that it will leave you stranded if the going gets tough.
Pack a Bag
In addition to the chains mentioned above, there are a few pieces of gear every Olathe area drivers should have with them within easy reach:
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Water (leave room for freezing)
- Non-Perishable Food
- Cell Phone Charger
- Emergency Power Source
- Tow Rope or Chain
- Jumper Cables
- Ice Scraper and Shovel
- Dry Clothes
- Matches and Candles
- Sand or Kitty Litter
Having these supplies will keep you comfortable if you get stuck and must dig yourself out or become stranded and need to wait for help.
Safe Driving Techniques
Of course, all the gear in the world won’t help you if you don’t know how to drive. Following these common-sense tips will keep you on the straight and narrow, so you don’t need the equipment listed above:
- Accelerate and brake slowly
- Drive 5-10 mph under the speed limit (more if roads are poor)
- Leave extra following distance
- Turn gradually – sudden movements can cause the car to skid
- Keep the windows clear and leave your lights on
- Stay sober
- Watch for other vehicles and wildlife
- Tap your brakes to signal to other drivers your intention to stop
If you do skid, don’t panic. Remove your foot from the gas, shift down into a lower gear, and steer into the turn. Brake gently until the vehicle comes to a full stop.
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