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Safe Driving for Winter Weather

by | Jan 13, 2014 | Auto Repair, Car Care Tips, Safe Driving Tips, Winter Driving Tips

Even with good tires and proper maintenance, it is important to drive safe in the winter. Going to regularly scheduled maintenances is essential to help your vehicle to run the best that it can. Parts can be examined to ensure they are running efficiently and correctly for your vehicle. When driving in the snow, remember to do things slowly and carefully. This includes accelerating and braking slowly as well. You should also drive with caution and make sure to leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Rapid and fast movements can lead to skids or a loss of control with the vehicle. Driving safe is important for you, as well as those around you.

The Antifreeze should be checked

The main function of the antifreeze is to keep the system from freezing up when the weather turns cold. This should be inspected based on a schedule, so you can be assured it is in the best condition to help your vehicle to run properly. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the antifreeze for you. We can also make sure that the fluid is topped off in the reservoir, along with all the other fluids for your vehicle. Along with filling it to the recommended amount, we can also look for any signs or symptoms of leaks for the system.

Inspect the Battery of your vehicle

Another important thing to do for your vehicle is to bring it in so the battery can be checked. If you notice the battery is not working as well as it should, there could be a problem with the battery getting charged properly. Make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice that it is becoming slower to start. We can inspect the battery and advise you on what should be done.

Make sure the Visibility is the best it can be

The windshield and windshield wipers should also be inspected. They should be clear from any wearing or damage to them. If you notice that the windshield wipers have tears or rips, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. When running the windshield wipers in the winter, always make sure to turn them off before turning off the engine. This is because water freezes overnight in the winter. If the blades freeze to the windshield, the wiper motor may burn out when you go to start the vehicle. It is also important to make sure that the heater, defroster, and rear defroster all work effectively. We can also inspect the vehicle for you, as well as the heating system.

Keep the Fuel Tank as full as possible

When driving this winter, make sure to keep the fuel tank as full as possible. It is important to keep the tank at least half full. This is incase you get stuck or stranded the engine can still help to produce heat for you inside the vehicle. Having a full tank can also help out incase you have an emergency and need to drive when gas stations are closed or not nearby.