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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

Snow covered road in a winter blizzard

As the temperatures drop outside, driving conditions can become more dangerous. Snow and ice make the roads slicker, increasing your chances of getting into an accident with another vehicle or skidding off the road into a ditch or, worse, a tree or a building.

It is important to prepare your car for the winter weather so that you can travel safely throughout the season. Here are a few tips for you can prepare your car for winter driving:

Check the Tires

When you’re driving over heavy snow or slick ice, it is important to have the proper tread on your tires so you don’t skid all over the road or become stuck. Check your tires for any thinning tread, bald patches, or bulging. If any of these are present, you should replace the tire. Be sure to follow up with a tire rotation to make sure you get even wear from your tires.

Check the Fluids

It is always important to make sure your vehicle has adequate levels of all the necessary fluids, but it is even more important when you’re driving in the winter. Without adequate levels of brake fluid, you could take even longer to stop on an icy road. If your steering fluid drops too low, it could be hard for you to react quickly to another vehicle skidding out of control in front of you.

Make sure you check these and other fluids regularly to make sure that your car is in top working condition.

Check the Headlights and Brake Lights

Cars driving on a winter road with their lights onVisibility will already be diminished in the winter, when the days are shorter and fog, snow, or just generally cloudy and dreary conditions persist. Make sure that all your lights are in working order to make sure you can see well when you’re on the road. Also be sure to check for any cracks or damages to the area around the light that could impair your visibility.

Change Your Wiper Fluid

Water freezes – that includes your water-based wiper fluid. You can choose a wiper fluid that won’t freeze that can help you to clear frost, ice, dirt, and other debris from your windshield so you always have a clear view when you’re driving. You might also consider heavier wiper blades that are made for winter weather conditions.

Wax Your Car

This step won’t help you stay safer on the road, but it will protect your car. The salt, sand, dirt, and other grime that accumulates on the road to keep it free of snow and ice will eventually accumulate on your car and will eat away at the paint job. You can protect your car by giving it a fresh coat of wax at the beginning of the season and by keeping it clean.

Use Weather-Proof Mats

Here’s another one to protect your car itself: Getting in out of the car so often, you are bound to track in snow, ice, salt, and even mud. Your carpets can take a beating. You can easily protect them by using weather-proof mats throughout the season. Switch back to your regular carpets when the ice has finally thawed out for good.

Preparing your car for the winter weather can help to keep you safer on the roads, and it can also help you to protect the investment you have made in your car. Follow these practical tips to get your car ready for the season, and you will improve the safety of your family all winter long.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.