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During the winter months, poor road conditions, decreased visibility and the stress that cold weather puts on your car can combine to create a treacherous driving environment. Before you head into the cold, heed these tips for safe winter driving:
Driving straight ahead is dangerous enough. Going backward only compounds the potential for an accident. Driving in reverse is perilous because it disorients the driver, according to the National Safety Commission. You have to take one hand off the wheel and crane your neck to see behind you while continuing to monitor what’s happening in front of you. Avoiding reverse altogether (make a legal U-turn instead) is the commission's first piece of advice. If you must drive in reverse:
Maintaining proper fluid levels can add thousands of miles to the life of your vehicle, according to the auto information site Edmunds.com. Oil is perhaps your auto's most important fluid. Don't neglect to change the oil regularly, and consult your owner's manual for instructions on how to check and refill the oil on your own. Also check other fluids, such as brake fluid, transmission fluid, engine coolant and windshield-wiper fluid, and refill when low.
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