No matter what this winter throws at you, you still have to get where you’re going. That means slick roads, heavy snow and icy chills will just be a harsh truth until spring.

Lucky for you, Quaker State has got your back this season with eight tips to keep your car’s performance reliable all season long.

Break the ice.

Your defroster can only do so much. Before you start any trip, slip on your warmest gloves, grab your scraper and chip away any ice that has built up around your windshield, window wipers and headlights. Make sure to clear the hood and the roof of the vehicle as well. “Better safe than sorry” is a running theme in winter.

Keep your headlights on

Nature is playing with a full deck of precipitation come winter time. When faced with snow, sleet, freezing rain, or any other obstacle from the clouds, make yourself easier to spot on the road by keeping your headlights on – even during the day.

Take it easy 

You have to make sure your vehicle stays under your command (not the snow’s). Taking off a few MPHs when accelerating allows your vehicle to gain more traction and avoid skidding. That extra second or two to slow down before that traffic light will help your car come to a complete stop. The alternative is skidding through traffic. We can safely assume no one wants that.

Stay one step ahead

Even if you’re a confident driver in harsh conditions, the rest of the drivers you share the road with may not be. Assume you’re the safest driver on the road and constantly scan traffic for any potential dangers. We recommend keeping a larger following distance than you would on days that require wearing shorts instead of long-johns. 

Let the plows do their job

We get it, a big ol’ cumbersome truck going under 35mph is ripe for passing. The thing is, the road is likely in far worse condition ahead of the plow. It is recommended to maintain a following distance of at least 200 feet behind the plow. If you must pass, then avoid doing so from the right lane.

Make checking your tire pressure a habit

For the mathematicians out there, there’s a direct causation between freezing temperatures and tire pressure levels. For us regular folks, that means you need to check your tire pressure after those chilly nights to ensure they’re at the recommended levels.

Handle hills with care

Outside of sledding, hills aren’t your friend come winter time. You need to handle these with some extra focus and care. That means you don’t want to rely solely on accelerating to power your way to the top of the hill – you’ll just lose traction. Instead, slowly build your speed before climbing the hill and maintain the momentum to power you up to the top. Once it’s time to descend, carefully reduce your speed and continue down as slow as you can. Once again, “slow” is your friend this season.

Get that oil change

Even once you master the above tips, your vehicle’s performance this winter still starts with your engine – which is something you need to take care of before hitting the road.

Freezing conditions can really do a number on your engine’s reliability. Luckily, Quaker State Ultimate Durability comes with the promise of extreme temperature performance. That means you can keep the jumper cables in the trunk and power through winter.

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