5 Steps to Take to Prepare Your Vehicle for Safe Winter Driving

November 30, 2015

Winter and its cold weather are here for the next few months. While this can mean a lot of different things for different people, for those who regularly drive in colder locations, it can mean:

  • Vehicles experience more challenging conditions.
  • It is time to winterize vehicles to ensure optimal performance – and minimize the chances of an accident or breakdown – for the season.

So, here are some of the most important steps to take to get your vehicle(s) ready for the harsh cold of winter.

Winterize Your Vehicle by…

  1. Tips for winterizing vehicles

    Tips for winterizing vehicles

    Checking & replacing tires as needed – How old or worn down are your tires? If you drive a lot, especially on less than smooth terrain, your tires may have less tread than you think. So, do the quarter test on your tread to see if your tires have at least 1/8 inch of tread left on them (put an upside down quarter into the tread; if the tread covers the top of Washington’s head, there is at least 1/8 inch of tread remaining). Replace your tires if there is less than 1/8 inch of tread on them.

  2. Checking & maintaining brakes – Having good brakes is critical when driving in the winter, especially when conditions are wet, icy and snowy. So, replace your brakes if they are worn down, and check your brake fluid levels, replenishing these if they are low.
  3. Replenishing vehicle fluids – Along with your brake fluids, check and replenish the other fluids in your vehicle, as necessary, including your oil, wiper fluid, antifreeze, etc. Also, when it comes to fuel levels, do your best to keep your gas tank at least ¾ full through winter, as this can ensure you have sufficient gas to run your vehicle (and keep the heater going) if you are in a crash or break down and have to wait on the side of the road for an hour (or longer).
  4. Checking out visibility systems – Check and replace, as needed, your vehicle’s windshield wipers, headlights, brake lights and defrosters.
  5. Checking out other vital vehicle systems – Other vital systems include the electrical system, the engine, the cooling system and the exhaust system.

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Categories: Dangerous Roads, Driving Safety, Motor Vehicle Accidents