Volkswagen Winter Driving Tips

January 4th, 2022 by


For Driving In and Around Naperville, Aurora, Downers Grove, and the Chicagoland Area

Volkswagen drivers in Naperville know what it can be like operating a motor vehicle in slick and snowy weather conditions.  Our team at Bill Jacobs Volkswagen wants to make sure you and your family stay safe this winter.

Many drivers either don’t know what to do when the weather gets cold or they are in a hurry and take shortcuts. For example, they may only clear enough snow from the windshield to barely see out of instead of thoroughly removing snow from the vehicle. That puts both the driver and others on the road at risk.

Top 5 Winter Driving Tips

  1. Remove All Snow Before You Start Driving: Clear snow and ice from all windows, not just the windshield. Also, remove any snow that is obscuring the side mirrors, headlights and license plates. Remove snow from the roof of the vehicle, as this snow could hinder the drivers traveling behind you or fall forward, covering your windshield and blocking your own view.
  2. Use Tires Specifically Rated for Driving in the Snow: Use high-quality winter tires in snowy conditions. It is important to note that tire pressures may drop with the temperature, so be sure to routinely check and set the tire pressures to the recommended levels for your vehicle.
  3. Make Sure All Fluid Levels Are Topped Off: Make sure to use washer fluids formulated to perform well at lower temperatures. Also check that your engine coolant and antifreeze mixture is at the recommended level.
  4. Take it Easy Out There: Start your journey by driving at lower speeds and rpms for the first few miles until the engine has warmed. Refrain from using cruise control systems and increasing the distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
  5. When Chicagoland Highways And Roads Are Slippery: Should you find yourself in a skid, steer into the direction of the skid if the vehicle is oversteering and the rear wheels are sliding to the outside of the turn. Then be very careful when accelerating if the vehicle is understeering and the front wheels slide to the outside of a turn. In Volkswagen vehicles equipped with drive mode selection, it’s best to use ECO mode because throttle response is muted, aiding traction. On VW vehicles equipped with DCC®, the comfort drive mode has softer throttle response and the power steering requires less force to steer.

Why Buy Your Next Volkswagen From Bill Jacobs Volkswagen?

Our VW dealership is your destination for your next Volkswagen. Whether you drive locally or spend time on the highways, Bill Jacobs Volkswagen can help you find the perfect Volkswagen for all driving conditions. If you’re wondering what the best option for a ECO mode equipped vehicle, look no further than the VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport or Tiguan. Visit our Volkswagen dealership near Chicago where the cars bring you in, the experience brings you back.

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