Snowball fights, hot cocoa and holiday cheer – what’s not to love about this time of year?!
You guessed it, driving. A vehicle that is properly prepared for severe weather conditions this winter can help to avoid an unplanned road emergency. Driving in snow, especially in heavy snowfall or a blizzard takes patience and preparation. See our tips below to help you prepare this season!
6 Tips for a Safer Road this Winter:
- Battery – Cold weather can take a toll on batteries. It’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to have these checked up during routine oil changes, or visits to the repair shop of choice.
- Antifreeze – Antifreeze (coolant) should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles. As a reminder, do not add 100 percent antifreeze as full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.
- Brakes – Have the brake system checked. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
- Tires – During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop. Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads.
- Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Consider changing to low-viscosity oil in winter, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. In sub-zero driving temperatures, drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
- Lights & Wipers – Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield.