Prepping your vehicle for winter
Freezing rain, snow, and ice during winter months can cause difficult driving conditions, and keeping your car operating well will help keep you safe. There are several things you can do to make sure your car is ready for whatever winter weather comes your way. Here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle
This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car and yourself safe this winter. If something goes wrong, you should have some winter supplies on hand. These include a flashlight, blanket, tire chains, bottled water, first aid kit, jumper cables, ice scraper, a small shovel, extra gloves, and several protein “high energy” snacks. These can be stored in a small plastic tub and kept in your trunk.
Check your tires
When the road gets slippery, it’s important to have tires that work well. Check the air pressure in your tires and read your owner’s manual for pressure level recommendations. In addition, make sure your tires have enough traction left on them. Chances are if you haven’t replaced your tires in many years, they are going to low levels of traction, making your vehicle more prone to slipping and sliding. Be sure to keep a spare in your vehicle too, just in case you need it.
Check your antifreeze levels
When the weather starts to hit freezing temperatures, your vehicle’s antifreeze will help keep your engine from freezing. If those levels are low, it could leave you stranded in the cold in the middle of the road. Checking other fluids is a good idea too, such as windshield wiper fluid. While you’re at it, check to make sure your wipers are in good working order, too.
Make sure your brakes work well
When you’re out and about on the road, it can be scary to have your brakes malfunction at an inopportune time. Before the cold weather starts, get your brakes inspected by a professional to ensure your safety and to help prevent costly repairs down the road.
Being prepared before winter driving is always a good idea. Switching over to winter tires or snow tires will give you an extra layer of safety, although you still need to be careful. In the event that you need assistance on the road this winter, our team at Chappelle’s Towing is here for you!