How to Prepare for Winter Driving

Those who live in areas where winter driving is especially hazardous understand the many challenges they might face on the road. Winter will be here before you know it! So it’s a good idea to start thinking ahead of time about ways to prepare for this upcoming winter season.

Things You Can Do to Prepare for Winter Driving: Check the Tires

Depending on the climate, all-weather tires might be sufficient but in areas where snowfall is frequent and heavy, it might be a good idea to invest in snow tires. They provide better traction when the roads are icy, snowy or slushy. Also, make sure the spare tire is in good condition.

Have the Vehicle Looked At By a Mechanic and Test the Lights

A professional should look over the vehicle to ensure that parts are in good working order: 

  • brakes;
  • battery;
  • thermostat;
  • defroster; and
  • heater.

Schedule an oil change if it’s time and have all fluid reserves checked like transmission, brakes, cooling system and power steering. Make sure all lights (inside and out) are working properly. This should include hazard lights.

Inspect Windshield Wipers, Improve Visibility, and Make an Emergency Kit 

Make sure the windshield wiper nozzles aren’t clogged and there is enough fluid. Consider investing in blades that are designed to swipe through ice and snow. Replace broken or malfunctioning blades.

One of the hazards with winter driving is reduced visibility. Consider using a windshield washer fluid that contains de-icer, which helps reduce streaks. Getting involved in an accident, stuck in the snow or stranded are unforeseen events that a lot of people aren’t prepared to face. 

An unexpected problem is the reason you make an emergency kit that contains items such as: 

  • a blanket;
  • first-aid kit;
  • batteries and flashlight;
  • jumper cables;
  • flares; and
  • sand/kitty litter.

If you were in an accident that another driver caused, consult Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-4878.

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