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.
- 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!