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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?12/4/2020

Driving in winter

Winter is coming and with the change in seasons there are a few things you should do to prepare for the upcoming snowy season. From changing out your tires to making sure there is an extra blanket in your back seat, here are a few things everyone should know about getting their vehicle ready for the snowy season.

Tire Pressure/Treadwear

Make sure your tires have enough tread on them to gain traction on the slippery snowy roads. If you have a set of snow tires sitting in the garage now would be a good time to pull those out and swap them with your current tires. If you do not have a set of snow tires that you swap out during winter, you can easily check the tread on your current set with a penny. All you have to do is put Lincoln’s head against the tire. If the tread is covering the top of his head or more, you are okay! If not, consider making a trip to a tire store for a new set of safer tires.  

With the colder temperatures it is also important to make sure your tires have enough air in them. If your vehicle does not have a built-in tire monitor grab one from the store for a few. Tire pressure can affect your vehicles fuel efficiency and vehicle handling. Make sure your tires are set to their recommended PSI for the colder months to enhance your vehicles safety.

Wiper Blades

Overall use is not the only thing that wears out your wipers. The hot summer sun can also wear down the rubber and cause them to be less efficient. With the snowy weather approaching after a hot summer it is probably safe to say that you are in the market for a fresh set of wiper blades. Make sure to change out your blades before your caught in a harsh winter storm.

Jumper Cables

It is a good idea to make sure you have a set of jumper cables in your vehicle just incase you find yourself stranded with a dead battery. In the summer months in may not be that bad waiting for help but waiting for help during the middle of winter is a lot different. With the dip in temperature your vehicles battery performance could be affected so make sure you keep an eye on it.

Pack a Bag

You may not be planning any long trips this winter, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Pack a back with some gear that can help you during the winter if you find yourself stuck in the cold. Pack a blanket and small candle for a source of heat. Some kitty litter or salt to help you gain traction out of a tough spot. A tarp to lay down and stay dry if you need to change a flat tire. Some rubber boots to help keep your feet dry if you need to walk through the snow and slush. These items do not take up too much room and can easily fit in the back of your vehicle. You will be happy you have them if you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of winter.

Overall think about what you need to buy or charge for your vehicle and get to it before the weather changes. Your car is most likely your second most valuable asset. But you are priceless so make sure you are taking care of your assets to protect yourself by taking advantage of these tips.



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