How to Prepare Your Car for Winter: 7 Tips (Pt. 2)
October 3, 2014
Picking up from where How to Prepare Your Car for Winter: 7 Tips (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will resume our discussion of what you can do now to prepare your car for winter driving. By taking the time to follow these tips and prepare your car for winter, you can help keep your family safe when traveling this winter season.
More Tips to Help You Prepare Your Car for Winter…
In addition to checking and maintaining your car’s fluids, heater and defroster, as discussed in the first installment of this blog, you should also do the following to prepare your car for winter driving conditions:
Tip 3 – Check your car’s brakes
Another critical component when it comes time to driving on icy, wet and snowy roads are your vehicle’s brakes. This means that your brakes should be in good condition in order to ensure safe winter driving. So, get your car’s brakes checked and replaced as needed. It could be invaluable if you or a family member ends up driving on really icy roads this winter.
Tip 4 – Rotate and align your tires
Just as important as your car’s brakes, your vehicle’s tires are your car’s connection to the road. This means that, when roads get icy, slick and difficult to traverse in the winter, having good tires to minimize the possibility of skidding and losing control of your vehicle will be critical. Therefore:
- If your tires are still relatively new and have sufficient tread, get them rotated and aligned so they are good to go for safe winter driving.
- Replace your vehicle’s tires if it’s been about 5 or so years since you have gotten new tires for your vehicle.
Here, it’s important to point out that, when you are taking the time to complete this tip on how to prepare your car for winter, you should also take the time to check – and possibly replace – your vehicle’s spare tire. If you do end up blowing out a tire while driving this winter, having an available spare that’s in good condition can help you get back on the road as soon as possible.
We will discuss some final tips for how to prepare your car for winter driving in the conclusion to this blog series that will be posted soon – don’t miss it!
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