How to Prep Your Car For Winter

Winter roads can be some of the most hazardous conditions for drivers, so CarAdvise wants to make sure you’re prepared for the cold and harsher weather during this season. To best prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter driving we’ve put together a list of to-dos!

  1. Get A General Vehicle Inspection: It’s always important to make sure your vehicle is up to date on all of its routine maintenance, especially in the winter as your vehicle is more prone to breakdowns in the cold weather.

  2. Prepare With An Emergency Kit: Vehicles are more likely to break down or get stuck in the cold/snowy weather. Because of this, we recommend you put together an emergency kit to keep in your car. This should contain non-perishable goods, warm layers, flares or light sticks, a first aid kit, water, and items that would help you get out of a snowy situation like a shovel and sand bags.

  3. Make Sure Your Windshield System Is Ready: Make sure your windshield wipers are effective and will keep your visuals clear. Additionally, try to use winter washer fluid that has antifreeze so liquids don’t freeze to your windshield.

  4. Winter Tire Basics: We recommend getting winter tires if you live in an area with potential intense snowfall. If you don’t want to invest in winter tires, the best thing you can do is make sure that your tire tread is a safe depth. 2/32 of an inch is the minimum considered safe for driving, anything smaller than that is not safe. Additionally, cold temperatures have a huge impact on tire pressure. So make sure your tires are filled to the recommended pressure for your vehicle.

  5. Think Smart, Drive Smart: One of the best things you can do for winter driving safety is to just make good decisions. In hazardous conditions it’s important to drive slower, be alert and non-drowsy, take turns and pass other vehicles carefully and slowly, understand how to break in slippery conditions and avoid driving during intense winter conditions.

It’s important to us for you to stay safe this winter. Take care of yourself and make sure your car is in the best condition to take care of you with CarAdvise. Request an appointment today for smarter car care!

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