As the temperature drops, it becomes crucial to make sure your car is prepared for the treacherous driving conditions it creates. But in many cases, drivers are unsure of the steps they should take to make sure their car is ready for their winter commutes.
- Check your tire pressure. As winter approaches, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they are not balding or have excessive wear. Under inflated, as well as over inflated, tires make it more difficult for your tires to get proper traction on the road and can increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle.
- Check windshield wipers and washer fluid. In winter, poor visibility can be just as dangerous as poor roads. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order, and that your washer fluid is full. This ensures you can remove any buildup from your windshield while driving.
- Check heaters and defrosters. Make sure your heaters and defrosters are in proper working order. Not only will you stay warm during your commute, but you can keep your windshields clear as well, improving visibility and leading to a safer driving experience.
- Keep an emergency kit stocked. In the event that you do lose control of your vehicle, you should make sure you are prepared for the harsh conditions or winter. Keep a supply kit in your car, containing items such as a blanket, extra food and water, a set of warm clothes, flares, and various materials to prepare your car for the weather, such as jumper cables, an ice scraper, and a small shovel. Materials to help you stay warm and potentially get you out of the situation are a must.
Follow these tips and keep a clear head, and you should have no problem standing up to the cold weather and ensuring all of your travels can be safe all winter long!