Winter is just a couple days away, with the cold, sleet and snow, means salted and frosty roads! Here are some tips to keep you and your car safe!
- CHECK YOUR BATTERY
In the cold, a working battery can only hold 50% of its projected capacity, just imagine the trouble for those whose battery has been through a season too many. Be sure to check or replace your battery or even take it to a technician before the cold weather really hits.
2. WINTER WEATHER CALLS FOR WINTER TIRES
Swap out your regular tires for new winter tires. If you live in an area where temperatures regularly fall below 45 degrees, winter tires are a must. Winter tires are made to give you better traction while turning or stopping on roads.
3. TIRE PRESSURE
Be sure to check your tire pressure weekly. Driving with tires that are underinflated can cause them to wear down and lose traction on icy or slippery surfaces. Your tires can lose a pound of pressure with every 10-degree drop in temperature.
4. ALWAYS HALF FULL
Keep your fuel tank half full. During winter, it’s a good idea to keep at least half a tank of fuel in the vehicle in the event of an emergency or if you get stuck in the snow.
5. RAISE YOUR WIPERS
If you park outdoors, leave the wipers in the raised position to prevent them from freezing to the windshield. Make sure to never use your wiper blades to remove ice, snow or frost from the windshield.