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On the Winter Roads for the Holidays? Here are Some Helpful Driving Tips

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.

1. Visibility:
• 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.

2. Tires:
• 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.

3. Engine:
• 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!

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