How to Be Prepared When Driving During Winter
For those of us who have lived in climates where the months of November to March, and sometimes April, can be extremely cold and produce rough winter weather, we’ve learned the importance of making sure our vehicles are prepared for that time of the year. It’s also important that when you do have to travel and there’s a possibility of hazardous roads, you understand how to drive in wintery conditions.
Have Your Vehicle Maintenanced
One of the worst things that can happen to you on the road in the freezing cold is to run into car troubles. Take your auto to your nearest dealer and have it checked to make sure it’s safe to operate. Have the service technicians analyze your battery, oil, lights, brakes, wipers, heater, and defroster, to verify that all of these parts are in working condition.
Don’t forget to fill up the gas tank. The last thing you want is to run out of fuel and be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Your fuel lines won’t freeze either when you park your car outside.
Before heading out, make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid as you don’t want your vision impaired by snow or slush. It’s probably a good idea to keep an extra jug either in the trunk or somewhere in the backseat, just to be safe.
Put a Survival Kit in Your Car
Every time I leave the house during the winter, I’m always asked if I have my jacket, hat, gloves, and the like. If you’re like me, you hate driving in all that clothing, especially when you’ve got the heat on. However, it’s vital you have some with you; you never know when your car could stop running.
In addition to the above mentioned items, here are a few other things you should put in your automobile for safety purposes:
- Ice Scraper
- Jumper Cables
- Extra Clothing
- Food and Water
Winter weather can cause all sorts of unexpected problems. Having experienced a dead battery in sub-zero temperatures, I’ve learned to be fully prepared for anything that can be thrown my way. If you’re prepared when you travel in wintery conditions, your stress level will be lower and you’ll understand how to fix the situation.