It’s important to be prepared during winter because unfavorable road conditions can not only be bad for your car, but can also be extremely unsafe. No matter if you live in an area that continuously gets three feet of snow or you live in a place where it only ices once a year, you are bound to run into bad weather, and Christian Brothers Automotive has compiled a list to make sure you are prepared when you do.
1. Prepare A Winter Safety Kit
The best way to be prepared is to have a winter safety kit in your vehicle just in case anything happens. This kit can include items such as an ice scraper, snow shovel, sand or salt, jumper cables, blanket, flashlight, flares, first-aid kit, tire pump and cell phone charger.
2. Fill Your Gas Tank
Make sure that you have at least half a tank of gas at all times. If you do end up getting stuck or stranded, this will ensure that you have a source of heat to keep you warm while you wait for the tow truck.
3. Inspect Your Wiper Blades And Fluid
Cold weather can often lead to storms such as snow, ice or sleet, which can cover your windshield while driving. That’s why it’s important to make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and that your windshield washer reservoir is full, so that even if it is coming down hard, you’ll still be able to see.
4. Check Your Tires
Always check to see if your tires are inflated properly, because when temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure. It’s also important to check the tread on your tires to ensure that the rubber is in good condition and that there is no sign of uneven wear. The tread on your tires should be at least 1/16 of an inch or greater.
5. Drive Slowly And Carefully
When it comes to driving on snow or ice, don’t forget to drive slowly and cautiously. Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, so slow down and increase your following distance. Also, do not use cruise control in snowy or icy conditions because you want to have as much control as possible.
Driving in the snow or ice can be dangerous, so of course we recommend that you don’t drive if you don’t have to. If you absolutely have to drive and there is no way to avoid it, then make sure to follow these 5 simple tips for driving safely this winter. Also, remember to always tell someone where you are going and when you anticipate arriving. That way if something does happen, someone will know where you are.
If Christian Brothers Automotive can help you in any way this winter, please let us know. We would be happy to inspect your wiper blades, refill your fluids, check your tires and give you even more advice on driving in winter weather.