With the temperatures dropping and colder weather moving in, now is the time to begin prepping your vehicle for the winter weather ahead. From rain to snow to ice, these weather elements can cause hazardous conditions on the road that can wreak havoc amongst drivers in unprepared vehicles. We want to make sure that you and your car are prepared for this winter season. Here are five important tips to help get your vehicle ready and safe for the roads.
Check your Fluids
Before taking off on the wintery roads, make sure to take a look under the hood of your vehicle and check the fluid levels. Specifically check the antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and coolant. These are three crucial fluids that will keep your engine safe and windshield clear of weather debris.
Pack an Emergency kit
It is better to be safe than sorry, and that is exactly the mindset when it comes to packing a survival kit for roadside emergencies. Some items to consider packing include a blanket, gloves, a flashlight, bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, jumper cables, and a small tool kit.
Maintain your TiresWhile you should continually check the condition of your tires, it is important to make sure they are suitable for driving if any winter weather is expected. This includes checking the tire tread, depth and air pressure. Even consider changing your everyday tires to special winter tires for the season.
Fill up your Gas Tank
If you have plans to drive far or notice that you have less than a quarter tank of gas left, take the time to find a gas station and fill up. By doing this, you reduce the possibility of getting stranded on the side of the road because you ran out of gas.
Schedule a Tune Up
If you have any needed vehicle maintenance or repairs, take the time to schedule an appointment with your local auto repair shop. Prioritize the items that need fixed based on their importance and cost.
These are just some of the many important tips to keep in mind when prepping your vehicle for driving in the winter. As always, drive safely and practice good driving habits while out and about. Remember to leave plenty of space in front of you and other vehicles and don’t be afraid to drive slow. We wish you safe and happy driving this winter season!