Driving on snowy and icy roads during the winter season presents a host of challenges for many drivers. For one, cold weather tests your car’s mechanical capabilities while treacherous driving conditions will test your ability as a driver. Unfortunately, one wrong move can lead to drastic and fatal consequences. You might end up sliding off the road or colliding with another vehicle. To this end, it is best to be prepared and to practice safe winter driving techniques.
The best tip for winter driving is to stay at home or at least remain on a single spot until the snow is plowed and the sanding crews have already done their work. Unfortunately, you will need to get a lot of activities done during winter, especially during the holiday season. To this end, you need to learn how to deal with driving in the snow. Here are some tips to get ready for the winter season and for the snow-covered roads.
Bring Your Car For Servicing
Encountering car problems when it’s freezing outside can be a huge problem. In addition, if your car problem involves bad hoses, spark plug wires, and water pumps, you might find yourself stranded in winter conditions. To this end, you should make sure that your car is winter-ready. You should bring your vehicle in for servicing so that a professional mechanic can take a look at it. In addition, the mechanic can help you get your vehicle ready for winter driving condition. This will lower the risk of encountering car trouble during the cold season.
Check your Tires
Have your tires checked or replaced before the winter season starts. For one, you should check your tire pressure since it decreases in cold weather. Remember that you will need at least 6/32-inch deep tread to have enough snow traction. This is based on the information released by Tire Rack. To this end, you will need to use winter tires or snow tires to have better snow traction.
Inspect Your Battery And Charging System
When you bring your car for servicing, the mechanic must inspect and diagnose the battery, belts, and charging system. Keep in mind that an old battery and non-functional charging system can leave you stranded. If you need a new battery, you should consider getting the biggest and meanest battery that will fit your vehicle.
When choosing batteries for winter driving, you need to remember that during cold season, the engine is hard to start. This is because the oil isn’t in fluid form, unlike during the summer season. To this end, batteries lose a lot of power as temperature drops. Therefore, you will require more power to start the engine in winter, and you get less power from the same battery. As a tip, you should look into the Cold Cranking Amps rating of the battery.
The Gas Tank Should Be Close To Full
When you find yourself stuck or stranded during winter, the engine is your only source of heat. You can turn the engine on and stay idle to keep warm as long as you have gas. If you are running low on gas, you might find yourself freezing your toes off. As an additional tip, if you need to pull over in the middle of a huge snowstorm, make sure that you get out periodically and get rid of the snow behind your car’s tail pipe to keep it free from snow and debris.
Make Sure The Roads Are Visible
When driving in harsh conditions, you need to make sure that you can see the road clearly. During winter, make sure that you replace the windshield wiper blades. In addition, you should clean your windows- both inside and out. You should also check whether the windshield washer system is still functional and use an anti-icing fluid.
As an added tip, make sure that you keep an extra washer fluid in your car. Get high quality fluid and try to avoid using already-half-frozen fluid in the local gas station. You can also supplement the washer fluid with concentrate. The concentrate works great in low temperature.
Invest In Car Safety Features
Another way to stay safe while on the road is to pay more attention to your car’s safety feature. This is especially important during winter. For instance, you should consider getting features that can help you when driving in treacherous roads, such as anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control. Vehicle stability control is one of the latest car safety features that can prevent accidents when driving in dangerous conditions.
This guest post is written by Kris Hopkins. She is a car enthusiast and blogger who offers safe driving tips for her readers. She brings her car to Avenue Wheel Shop for regular car-care and repair, and she is highly satisfied with their services.