Simply Ways To Winter Proof Your Vehicle

Snow has always been something beautiful looking to me. However just a small amount of this white stuff is all it takes cause a serous accident or pileup. But don’t be frightened, all it takes is a little preparation and you will be set for a safe winter driving season. It’s important ensure you and your families safety and it really all comes down to routine checks and safety precautions. Don’t forget how much a little extra effort can really go along way when it comes to getting our vehicles ready for the season. Check out these simple tips below to help you start winter proofing your car.

Simply Ways To Winter Proof Your Vehicle

Winter Tires

Change your tires to winter tires. This is one of the first things you should do. Plus this is the number one best way you can counteract snowy conditions while on the roads.

Stay Home

The next best thing you can do to to winter proof your vehicle is just simply don’t drive when the roads are bad if you can avoid it. But if you absolutely must go out be sure an plan ahead. 

Check the Battery

When the temperature drops below freezing as much as 60% your cars battery loses 33% of its power, because the the mercury falls below zero. So it’s important to check the battery when prepping your car for winter.  Your local mechanic can quickly check on whether your battery is winter ready.

Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

It’s better to be perpaird for anything to happen. Be sure to keep an Emergency Kit in your car at all times. For winter you’ll also want to have: Extra engine oil, jumper cables, washer fluid, spare tire, spare wiper blades, warning triangle, tire pump, torch, and salt or kitty litter. These things will come in handy if your car breaks down or gets stuck or worse. 

Pack a Blanket

If you should ever break down and become stranded in the middle of nowhere during cold winter weather you’ll be less likely to get hypothermia if you have a warm blanket stashed away in the car.  Plus a pair of warm gloves, hand warmers, hat, bottled water, and a non-perishable snack just in case you have to wait a few hours until help arrives. 

Winter Wiper Blades & Cold Weather Washer Fluid

Combat the nasty winter storms by switching to winter wiper blades. It’s a must to have a clear view at all times. Winter blades have a protective rubber shell that prevents ice and snow from hardening on the wiper. It’s also important to switch to a cold weather washer fluid, or any brand containing antifreeze. 

Check Your Tire Pressure

Whenever the temperature has drop as much as 10 degrees your tires lose a pound of pressure. That’s why it’s so important to check the pressure in all of your tires. If tires are off balance it can make the handling much worse during the winter.

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If you are looking to get some maintenance done on your vehicle head on over to Lustine Dodge Jeep and get it checked out today. 

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