Climate changes don’t just affect you; they also affect your car. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice during the winter, it is essential that you prepare your car for winter driving.
There are a few things you can do to keep your car operating safely throughout the winter as well as drive safely in extreme winter weather. Here are some of them.
Get your car serviced
While it is important to keep your car well maintained throughout the year, this becomes even more important in winter. Preventive maintenance is important to ensure that your vehicle is up to the challenge.
Bring your car to a mechanic and have them check the brakes, lights, coolant/antifreeze system, tires, battery, and heater. This is all it takes to avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.
Check your tire pressure and tire depth
Examine tires for remaining tread life, cupping, and uneven wearing. While a tread depth of 1.6mm is fine under normal driving conditions, you want to make sure that your tires have at least 3mm of tread depth during the winter months. Also, be sure to check the air tire pressure ever week as it tends to decrease in cold weather.
If you live in an area that sees a lot of snow, consider installing winter tires. Winter tires provide better traction in snow; hence, making you better equipped to drive even in extreme winter conditions.
Pack an emergency box in your car
Breakdowns are more common during the winter months. Before taking on a winter road trip, we recommend that you pack an emergency kit in your car. Just in case your car breaks down or you get stranded, you have all the things you need to survive until help comes.
Your emergency kit should include the following:
- Power bank or spare batteries for your cell phone
- Matches or lighter
- Food and water
- Heavy coat