H&V Collision Center Winter Driving Tips


The Northeast had a wonderful year so far with record high temperatures and an extremely mild winter. The winter months are quickly approaching which means everyone should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions. However, just because it’s coming, doesn’t mean winter driving is something you have to fear as an Upstate New York driver!

Ensure your car is properly maintained.

This is something you’ll want to do now, before the snow starts coming down. Safe winter driving means staying up-to-date on the maintenance important to your car’s health. Some parts and levels you will want to check before driving in the snow include:

  • ignition system
  • tire tread
  • tire pressure
  • battery
  • lights
  • windshield wipers
  • hose-belts
  • water pump
  • cooling system
  • window defrosters

Are you uncertain on how to properly check a part or system on your vehicle? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends at H&V for advice!

Prepare for the winter by keeping these essential items in your car at all times!

Car breaks down in the summer? No big deal – it’s gorgeous outside. Kick back and wait for the tow truck to come get you while you enjoy the beautiful Albany skyline. Break down in the winter, and that’s an entirely different headache. In the event of a breakdown, auto collision, or any mishap that causes you to be stuck on a snow-covered road, make sure your vehicle is equipped with helpful supplies to keep you safe and protected from the cold.

With winter approaching it is important to keep some essential items in your car in case of a break down. The capital district has an abundance of back roads and places anyone can break down at for a period of time. Make sure you are prepared for these situations with the right equipment and supplies.

  • ice scraper
  • flashlights/flares
  • small tool kit
  • first aid kit
  • winter clothing (i.e. gloves, hat, extra sweater)
  • jumper cables
  • dry food (i.e. nuts, crackers, bottled water)
  • portable charger
  • blanket

It’s always best to avoid the roads during heavy snowfalls, however, if you must be on the road, be responsible. Stay a safe distance from other vehicles and take your time! No deadline or destination is worth risking your life, or the life of another.

Call H&V Collision Center!

Last but not least, if your vehicle is damaged this winter, call H&V Collision Center or stop by any of our convenient 7 locations for a repair estimate and let us help you get back on the road.

Winter is coming, and that means winter driving. By following the tips outlined above, we can all meet the winter driving season better prepared.


Written by:

Brittany Horton