In this post, Stillman and Friedland offer you expanded winter driving tips for making sure your car is in tip-top shape for 2015’s belated winter. We shared road safety advice already, so let’s look at how winterizing your car can keep you safer, in a handy checklist format.
There are four key points to keep in mind.
• Make sure your wipers are in good shape; changing out the blades is inexpensive and quick.
• Washer fluid should be replaced if needed.
• Keep a brush and scraper to clear off windows.
• Make sure your rear window defroster is working.
• Consider switching to snow tires.
• Make sure your brakes are in top condition.
• Check your tire pressure; according to tire experts, every 10-degree drop in outdoor temperature can mean a loss in tire pressure. Check tire pressure during winter and add air to tires as needed.
• Check treads
• Tire chains are an option for snowy road conditions if you don’t have weather-appropriate tires or snow is very deep.
• A bag of sand or cat litter for extra traction if needed.
• Top up anti-freeze and coolant.
• Change the oil to a winter formula.
• Make sure your battery is in good condition, check fluids.
• Keep your gas tank full.
4. Personal safety items:
• Blankets and warm clothing in case you are stuck
• Functioning flashlight
• Reflecting safety vest
• Fully-charged cell phone
• First aid kit and emergency water and snacks
Act on these car care tips and keep safe driving procedures in mind and enjoy the holidays!