Driving in the winter, especially in areas where you drive in low temperatures and/or a lot of snow throughout the winter months can be somewhat stressful. Here on the Western Slope, we experience both of these so when the temperatures start dropping it is time to make sure your car is ready for winter. The right tools, maintenance, and preparation can be lifesavers in harsh winter weather. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter.
#1- Check your Tires
Healthy tires will really help when that snow does hit. Before the snow comes make sure you have your tires rotated and inspected. Driving on bald or dry-rotted tires is just asking for trouble in the cold wet months. Typically snow/winter tires are recommended for areas with cold temperatures and snow. These types of tires are made especially for this type of weather and are made with low-temperature-resilient rubber compounds and have deeper treads in order to grip snow and ice better. Don’t forget about that fifth tire. Make you have a spare tire that has enough air in it. Finally, make sure you check the pressure in all tires. Taking these steps will ensure that your vehicle will handle and stop better. Your vehicle will also get better gas mileage, which we all know will be helpful with the crazy gas prices these days.
#2- Regular Maintenance
You may have been out enjoying all the nice summer weather and neglected your vehicle some. It’s now time to get up to speed on all your typical maintenance. This includes; checking all your fluids, getting that oil change, checking your brakes, making sure all lights are bright and working, and updating your windshield wipers. All these things may seem nitpicky, but they can help prevent more serious problems down the road. You don’t want to be driving down the road in harsh conditions and have a serious problem because you didn’t show your vehicle a little attention.
#3- Winter Car Kit
Make sure you’ve got that winter car kit in your vehicle before it gets harsh out there. This kit can be a serious lifesaver. Your kit should include; a flashlight, cell phone car charger, portable air compressor, jumper cables, fold-able shovel, first aid kit, blanket, warm gloves and hat, candle-powered heater, and flares or reflectors to grab the attention of other drivers. You can either put your own kit together, buy online, or find one in most retail stores. If you go off the road or your car breaks down this kit will be a big help.
If any of these tips have ever come in handy for you while driving during the winter feel free to share the post. Thank you!