Watch Out for Those Icy Roads: Top Tips for Driving Your Jaguar in the Winter
Did you know that over 116,000 Americans are injured every winter while they’re driving?
It’s no wonder that new drivers and even experienced drivers looking for tips to stay safe during the winter.
Driving on snowy, slushy, or icy winter roads calls for extra precaution.
Keep reading to learn about the top winter driving tips for Jaguar owners.
Top Winter Driving Tips for Jaguar Owners
Winter driving can be scary especially if you have recently moved from a state like Florida that winter is pretty much nonexistent. It’s important to prepare your Jaguar for winter so that you can enjoy your ride no matter the season. These tips will help you no matter the type of Jaguar you drive.
Invest in Jaguar Approved Winter Tires
Winter tires will help make your Jaguar more capable of handling snowy roads and they will provide a safer driving experience during not such great weather conditions. Winter tires are designed to drive in slush, snow and even ice. This will give you peace of mind if you’re caught outside during a winter storm.
Even if you have all-wheel drive and traction control having winter tires will give improve your handling. This makes your vehicle more capable of taking on the winter roads.
Keep in mind winter tires are only for the winter season. If you leave them on and use them during summer and spring your tires will wear out faster. This will cost you more money in the long run because winter tires are more expensive than year-round tires.
There are plenty of winter accessories to make the season less miserable and cold. You have loadspace liners available to protect your Jaguar and also rubber mats to choose from to protect the flooring from snow and water.
If you’re an adventurer you can add snowboard holders and ski racks to your Jaguar for your winter adventures in the snow.
Check Your Fluids
You want to make sure you stay on top of your fluids during the winter months. Keep your gas tanks at least half full to prevent gas tanks from freezing causing an expensive fuel pump repair. Keeping the gas tank half full will also give you peace of mind if you get stuck in the snow and are left waiting for a tow or someone to rescue you, you can run your engine and stay warm while you wait.
Check your windshield wiper fluid often. You don’t want to be left with no fluid and need it because you have dirt, snow, and slush making your window dirty.
You also want to make sure that you’re using winter windshield washer fluid to prevent it from freezing and causing damage to your Jaguar. Before driving away test your wipers to make sure they’re not leaving streaks on your windows.
This is a great feature to make sure you’re not left stranded in the cold. If your Jaguar is a 2016 or later model you have access to InControl Protect. This Jaguar assistance will send your exact location and vehicle information to your recovery company.
A bonus feature with InControl Protect is that you can check your fluid levels from the integrated Remote Smartphone App.
Check Your Battery
As winter is approaching make sure you have your battery checked out to make sure it’s charging correctly. If your car takes a long time to turn over when it’s cold it more than likely won’t turn on at all. Nothing like that feeling of being stuck in cold, snowy weather.
Batteries lose their power when temperatures drop so if your battery is older it might give out on your during winter because it can’t handle the temperature drops.
There is no need to rush anywhere. Take your time and give yourself enough time to arrive at your destination. Take it easy and enjoy your ride.
Winter conditions such as sleet, ice, rain, and snow will create dangerous driving conditions. Don’t let anyone make you feel rushed because safety should be your top priority.
Another tip is to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you. You never know if they have to slam on their brakes or if they hit snow or ice that makes them lose control of their vehicle.
Check Your Lights
Make sure all of your lights are working before winter arrives. Winter months mean shorter daylight days. More than likely you’ll drive in the dark more often because it gets dark earlier.
If it snows make sure to clean off all the snow on your lights too.
Speed up Before a Hill
As you see a hill coming up pick up a little speed to give yourself enough momentum to go up the hill. Once you’re going up the hill don’t slow down or stop because you don’t want to get stuck on the hill it’s not a good feeling if you begin rolling back.
Press and Release the Gas Slowly
To avoid your Jaguar from skidding press on the gas slowly to gain traction. There’s no need to step on the gas when a light changes it can cause you to lose control if the roads are slushy, icy, or snowy.
If You Don’t Have to Drive Don’t
The tips above will no doubt help you drive your Jaguar safely in winter but if you really don’t have to go out and drive stay indoors. Winter driving can be dangerous and if staying inside and not drive is an option go that route.
Are you looking to spend your winter somewhere cold and snowy? Contact us to make sure your Jaguar is ready for winter conditions.