PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR FREEZING COLD TEMPERATURES
It's technically been winter for several weeks, we’re just now experiencing freezing cold temperatures and the dread of having to clean ice off our windshields before we can drive. Weather changes affect both you and your vehicle. In freezing temperatures, you can’t expect your car to function properly immediately without making some minor changes. Here are some suggestions on ways to ensure that your vehicle is properly ready for the winter season:
Emergency kit – It’s a good idea to put together some things useful tools to store in your trunk so you have them in case you get stuck in a snow bank or on the side of the road during a snowstorm.
Windshield safety – Many people don’t take the time to clear their windshield. Make sure your windshield is completely clear before you drive, especially when there are adverse weather conditions. Eliminate the chances of an accident by only driving if there’s no ice or snow blocking your view.
Tire pressure – Tire pressure is really important in the winter, which is why many people purchase snow tires. Properly inflated tires will ensure good traction in slippery conditions.
Battery – Battery issues remain one of the most common ways for a car to break down, particularly during winter. The scary thing about car batteries is extremely cold temperatures can decrease the battery’s life by up to 50 percent.
Some important kit items include:
- Snow boots
- Engine oil
- Washer fluid
- Jumper Cables
- Small snow shovel Take a look at a full list of car kit emergency tools that will come in handy.
Additional car safety tips for freezing weather:
- Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to avoid potential freezing issues due to excess moisture.
- Make sure your brakes are in good working order.
- Keep a cell phone charger or extra battery pack in case you need to call for help.