One of the most important things you can do to prepare for winter driving is to "winterize" your vehicle. This means getting your car ready for braving the elements that can include freezing temperatures, blizzards, sleet, and snow.
In this article, we provide a few tips and tricks on winterizing your vehicle and preparing your car to stay safe on the roads this winter.
Tip #1. Make sure your heating and defrosting systems are ready to take on colder temperatures. Check the levels for critical fluids like transmission fluid, radiator fluid, antifreeze, to keep your heating system running throughout the winter season.
Tip #2. Keep at least a half tank of gas during the winter months. Car repair experts recommend keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car to prevent gas tank-related issues.
Tip #3. Reduce your speed limit while driving in the winter months to allow additional stopping time on icy or snowy roads. Driving experts recommend reducing the posted speed limit by up to half to avoid collisions on slippery roads caused by short-stopping times or obstructed views.
Tip #4. Insufficient tread or worn-out tires can result in accidents due to hydroplaning or loss of traction. Check the tread on your tires and make sure they have sufficient tread and air pressure for carrying your vehicle through the changing weather conditions that happen during the winter months.
Tip #5. Keeping the recommended amount of air pressure in your tires can improve tire reaction time when driving in hazardous conditions. Driving on underinflated tires during the winter months can cause issues with steering and slow handling.
Following these easy tips can help you have a better driving experience (and avoid unnecessary accidents during the winter months.) If you're not sure how to winterize your vehicle, don't be afraid to research online or contact an expert.
Need to winterize your vehicle and want to hire a certified professional? We invite you to bring your vehicle into our service center for diagnostic or winterization tips that can help you stay safe on the roads this winter.