Winter Driving Tips From Snowy Cleveland Ohio

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Winter Driving Tips From Snowy Cleveland Ohio

 

Winter Driving Tips From Cleveland Ohio

 

Since Cleveland was recently ranked the #2 snowiest city in America ( we will catch you Denver ), we thought it was appropriate for us to give out some friendly winter driving tips to our friends who may not be as accustomed to driving in the snow and ice. Hopefully, this will help keep you and your family safer this winter.

1.     Have your car serviced for winter driving.  This will include checking tire pressure, coolant, and oil.

2.     Always have these specific items in your car: a snow scraper, flashlight ( with fresh batteries ), blankets,  jumper cables, and flares.  You may also want to keep a shovel and some kitty litter in case you get stuck, or to help out a fellow driver who has encountered problems.

3.     Before going on a long trip, call ahead to check on road conditions.  Check your states website to see current conditions.

4.     Make sure you and all passengers are wearing a seat belt.

5.     Take frequent breaks, especially if it is snowing.

6.     Keep distractions to a minimum, especially if kids are in the car.  Yes, we realize that children today have a wide variety of electronics at their disposal while in the car.  For the drivers sake, please keep the noise level down.  You can even tell your kids I said so.

7.     Carry a cell phone and a charger to make sure it doesn't run out of power while on the road.

SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW:

Here are a few interesting tips:

*     Getting out of a slide is different with today's cars. When many of us first learned how to drive, we were taught to pump our brakes if our car started to slide. Well, while we can't speak for every make and model of car,  many newer vehicles are so technologically advanced, that they automatically do this for you.  Now, it may be better to press the brake and hold it down until your car automatically takes you out of the slide.  For further information, we recommend reading your car's manual or speaking directly to your dealer.

*     Replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen may be better to improve a car's safety and efficiency.  The cost for this is very minimal and the results may be dramatic.

We would personally like to thank our good friends at Metro Toyota for providing a lot of this information. They can be located at: 13775 Brookpark Rd. , Cleveland OH , 44142,  Phone - ( 216 ) -267-7000.

Metro Toyota

Please follow these tips and drive safely this winter.

 

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman live on the East side of Cleveland and specialize in Cleveland Luxury Homes, working with buyers relocating to Cleveland, and first-time buyers.

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Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

These are some great tips for anyone traveling in the winter. Love the one about the kitty litter!

Jan 15, 2011 08:55 AM #1
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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
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We can certainly use those tips around here too!  Stay safe on those snowy roads!

Jan 15, 2011 08:58 AM #2
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Debbie Gartner
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Some super tips.  Yes, you guys get way more snow than we do...it's that lovely "lake effect."  I really do hate driving in the snow, so I try to avoid it as much a possible.

Jan 15, 2011 09:45 AM #3
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Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
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These are excellent driving tips for venturing out on snowy roads. It is clear you are ahead of Santa Fe, New Mexico in your "snowiest" city rankings. Stay warm!

Jan 15, 2011 01:51 PM #4
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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
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Larry - Thanks for commenting. Amy taught me the one about kitty litter, luckily I've never had to try it though.

Christine - I'm sure you get your share of snow as well and have many years experience dealing with this type of weather. We always worry about the folks who aren't used to it.

Debbie - The lake effect is actually pretty neat. There are times when we'll get 12" of snow at our house on the East side of Cleveland and someone 10-15 miles away on the West side gets only a dusting. Thanks as always for reading.

Emily - It's not a ranking that everyone is proud of, but I say that we should embrace and accept it. There are a lot of fun things to do in the snow, but I will admit, it gets old after a few months. Thank you for commenting.

Jan 16, 2011 12:51 AM #5
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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GOOD MORNING DAN!  Great snow driving tips - especially getting out of a skid.  I would recommend that people actually test those anti-lock brakes on newer cars because the first time I experienced it - it shook me up a bit because I didn't know what the noise and rattling was!  Then after that - it was fun just to test them out every once in a while! -G

Jan 16, 2011 01:02 AM #6
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Connie Harvey
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Dan and Amy, It is so hilly here in Middle Tennessee you pretty much need to stay home when it snows. My father in-law lives in Medina and he's kept us up on the snow you all have had!

Jan 16, 2011 06:59 AM #7
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA
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Amy and Dan,

*     Replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen may be better to improve a car's safety and efficiency.  The cost for this is very minimal and the results may be dramatic.

REALLY, I have never heard this........I need to do more research, thanks for the tip

Jan 17, 2011 01:27 AM #8
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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
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Hi Gab - Good advice on the anti-lock brakes, I remember trying them out for the first time and it was a very odd feeling.

Connie - Medina is about 30 minutes away from us. We are on the East side, on the outskirts of what is considered the "snowbelt". Lake effect snow off Lake Erie is a really interesting phenomenon and we usually get more snow than most. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dan - I never heard of it either until my dealer sent it to me. I think they charge $20 or so and I may have to check it out.

 

Jan 17, 2011 07:20 AM #9
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Alice Broadway
Parker & Rankin (Ms) & Azalea Realty (AL) - Mobile, AL
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There are a lot of great tips, with hazadarous road conditions like that., I'm thankful for my southern roots.

Jan 17, 2011 02:03 PM #10
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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Great winter driving tips, makes me want to "drive" somewhere that's about 80 degrees with a beach!

Your Friend in Charlottesville

Jan 18, 2011 12:48 AM #11
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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
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Alice - I don't think you need to worry about winter driving, although it's always a good idea to have your car tuned up regularly. Thank you for commenting.

Charles - Our goal is to end up near the beach some day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Jan 18, 2011 01:22 AM #12
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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Dan & Amy,  Great tips.  I'm in Wyoming now building a house for my mom and we have had a total of about 12 feet so far this winter.  Can't wait for next year and moving to Latin America.

Another important tip is to clear all the snow and ice from your vehicle.  It is amazing the people who drive around with windows iced up and with only a teacup size area scraped off in the windshield. They can barely see in front and can't see out either side or the back -- trouble just waiting to happen.

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