Prepare NOW for Winter Driving

Prepare NOW for Winter Driving

It’s Fall y’all!! That means it time to prepare all vehicles and equipment for winter.

The following tips will help us get prepared for cold weather driving.

Winter Driving Safety Tips:

  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up: check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers. Check your oil and all filters. Don’t forget the cooling system.
  • Check your tires: if you have chains, make sure they fit before the first winter storm. Check tire pressure, examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping. Check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Don’t forget to check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs: Replace burned out bulbs. Clean dirt from lenses. Clouded lenses should be refinished.
  • Check engine performance and drivability problems: hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. Take care of these items now — cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Drain water from air lines: (for vehicles with air brakes)
  • Keep your fuel tank full: don’t let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: everyone should have extra gloves and a first-aid kit. Other items to consider based on the climate could be; dry socks, extra boots, and a blanket. Possibly a small shovel and sand or kitty litter, an ice scraper, tire chains, a flashlight, a cell phone and car charger. Add a few “high-energy” snacks and drinking water. Be prepared to stay warm in an emergency….even on short trips.
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