Nearly every region of the United States has already seen a strange and erratic winter in terms of weather, with conditions ranging from balmy 65-degree days when it should be closer to 20 to tornados to ice storms. Whatever the weather, here are a few winter driving tips to keep you and all your passengers safe this season:
- In heavy snow, make sure to accelerate and decelerate gently to avoid skidding and maintain traction.
- Drive at a slow and steady pace. Nothing increases the chances of an accident like high speeds, and high speeds plus bad weather certainly don’t mix nicely.
- Make sure you have a safety kit somewhere in your car. Be sure it includes: flares, motor oil, basic tools, a blanket, a small shovel, basic provisions, and jumper cables.
- Tie a bright cloth to your antenna or roof rack. This could help other motorists spot you during heavy conditions.
The last of our winter driving tips might seem obvious, but we think it’s worth stating: if you don’t need to be out on the road, just stay home.
Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are becoming more and more relevant and important as we move onward into the future. As the “tomorrow” of the auto industry begins to take shape, it’s starting to look more and more like an electric-dominated world.
So, what are the pros and cons of going all-electric right now? Here’s our quick take on why you should or should not take the electro-leap:
- You could “fill up” at home: Many people avoid all-electric because they’re not sure where they’d fuel up, and it’s true that public electric-charging facilities are not nearly as prevalent as your normal gas station. But, in many cases you can charge your car overnight at home for up to 80-100 miles.
- Not just low emissions – ZERO emissions: If doing your part for a cleaner environment is important to you, you can’t do any better than by driving an all-electric vehicle.
- Oh silent ride: if you’ve never ridden in or driven an electric vehicle before, you can’t truly grasp what it means to be riding in an almost totally silent
- Takes a while to recharge: While plugging in your car takes only about 15 seconds, filling it with juice averages about 20-25 miles of range an hour.
- All-Electric can be expensive: Though electric vehicles are becoming more widespread, they’re still a fair bit more expensive than their gas-guzzling counterparts.
- Fewer options at the dealership: Again, as of today, there are fewer electric options than gas options for your next car. So, if you want to get into an all-electric vehicle, your options are somewhat limited. Luckily, there are plenty of hybrid options!
What do you think of these pros and cons of going all-electric? Are you on board the electro-train already? Or do you plan on driving on gas until the bitter end?