How to Winterize your Car to Avoid Accidents
During the winter driving conditions can be very hazardous due to snow, ice, and sleet. Today we will be looking at how you can prepare and winterize your car. Before winter hits, it is a good idea to take your car in and get everything checked out. This includes oil change, tire check/rotation, wheel alignment, and much more.
Here is a specific list of things that you should check before the winter season approaches:
Your brakes should be checked every six months. This inspection will ensure that your brakes are ready and safe to use. It can save your life as well as others.
Another important aspect of your car is your tires. Checking to make sure that your tires have the proper amount of pressure in them is particularly important. The common PSI for a tire is 32-35. Another thing to check your tires for is holes and tire tread. Tread is what keeps you grounded on the road. Consider replacing your tires with snow tires if possible.
Note: (THE CORRECT PSI FOR ALL TIRES ARE LOCATED INSIDE THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR)
IF THERE IS NO STICKER WITH THE CORRECT PSI, I RECOMMEND BUYING A TIRE GAUGE!
During the winter months, you might notice that your car takes a bit longer to start up. This is because of colder temperatures. It might be a good idea to replace it before temperatures fall even more.
If your wipers are damaged, they will not be functional. This can be dangerous and a safety hazard when driving in rain or snow and if you cannot see, you cannot drive.
All fluids include washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and engine oil. It is important to make sure all these are checked as they help make your car run smoother and better, especially in dangerous weather. In the winter, antifreeze helps keep the water in your engine and radiator from freezing.
Engine lights, headlights…Everything needs to be in order.
Winterize your Car to Avoid Accidents: Items to keep in your car
According to MoDot , good items to have in your car include:
- Gloves and rain gear
- Flashlights and batteries
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
- A small bag of sand to use for traction under your wheels
- A small shovel
- Small tools: Ice scraper, wrench, screwdriver
- Non-perishable foods
- First-aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Drinking water
Stay safe and avoid accidents
Winter weather in Kansas and Missouri can be severe and catastrophic. So, remember:
- Maintain your car
- Watch your speed when driving in winter: not too fast, not too slow
- Check the weather ahead of time.
- Avoid distractions and drive sober