It’s that time of year again! Driving in winter weather can range from a minor nuisance to a hazard to be avoided at all costs. Even with modern meteorology, it’s challenging to accurately predict what Mother Nature has in store. That’s why it’s always best to have your car prepared for the worst. The phrase “better safe than sorry” is best applied to driving! Don’t wait until an unheard of ice storm to consider preparing your car.
Stay in Tune With Your Battery: Battery power drops with the temperature, meaning that your car battery needs more juice to start up in cold weather. If your car battery isn’t up to the challenges of potentially freezing weather, you could end up very late for work one morning. Your mechanic can inspect your car battery to make sure the voltage is sufficient, the belts are in shape, and the cable connections are tight. If your car is fighting to start upon turning the key, you may want to consider replacing your battery to avoid waiting for a tow truck in freezing weather!
Don’t Skimp on Visibility: Freezing rain and heavy snow can challenge even the most effective windshield wipers, let alone wiper blades that are dull or worn. Be sure to replace blades if needed. You may even consider heavy-duty wipers if you live in an area that receives an unusual amount of snow and ice each season.
Check Those Tires: More than anything, tires will make or break your winter driving experience. Installing snow tires is the best idea if the weather in your area makes it a worthwhile investment. It’s always wise to check tire pressure at least once a month since tire pressure drops with the temperature. Keep in mind that tires with poor tread will slide much easier on wet, snowy, and icy roads, so schedule a tire replacement if your tread is too low.
Travel With an Emergency Kit: Stock your vehicle with anything you may need in an emergency weather situation. Ice scraper, snow shovel, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blankets, cell phone charger, food, water, and medications are all ideal for an emergency kit. Adding some sand or kitty litter will also help you be prepared if your car gets stuck in the snow. Driving around knowing that you have an emergency kit will help take the stress off of winter driving.
Winter weather can cause hazardous conditions, anxious drivers, and dangerous situations. Being prepared is half the battle against Mother Nature.