How To Prepare Your Car For Winter
The winter season is here again, which means conditions on the road are about to get much more severe. Winter conditions can wreak havoc on your vehicle and make roads slippery and difficult to navigate. With proper maintenance and care, you can keep your vehicle safe and secure all season long. Here are just a few of the ways that you can prepare your car for winter driving from the professional experts at Barrhead Auto Parts.
Check Your Tires
Driving through slush, snow and ice can take its toll on your tires. If your tires are damaged or in poor condition, you may experience trouble staying steady on the roads and put yourself and other at risk for an accident. The best way to ensure that your tires stay safe an agile on the roads is to have winter tires installed on your vehicle. Winter tires have a strong tread pattern for improved grip and control on slippery roads. Cold temperatures can deflate tires as well, so it’s important to have your tires properly inflated, balanced and aligned before doing any winter driving.
Inspect Your Windshield
A clear windshield is crucial to your visibility while driving. A windshield that is clouded by rain, snow and ice makes it much more difficult for you to see, increasing your chances of getting into an accident. Combat winter blindness by taking these simple windshield precautions. Make sure your windshield wipers are fully operational. Check your windshield wiper fluid and top it off if necessary. Keep a scraper and extra fluid in your vehicle in case ice and snow collect on your vehicle while it’s parked. Most importantly, stay off the roads if you can avoid it during severe storms and extreme weather events.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Should something happen to your car while out on the road and you find yourself stuck, it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand. Keep these tools in your trunk or the back of your vehicle in case of an emergency situation. Some supplies that might be helpful to keep in your car this winter include:
- • Jumper cables
- • A flare
- • A first aid kit
- • A flashlight
- • A shovel
- • A bag of salt or sand to give your vehicle traction if it falls into a snowbank or slipper area
Winter automotive safety is a serious concern. The best way to avoid any accidents on the road this season is to ensure that your vehicle is fully prepared for the harsh conditions ahead. At Barrhead Auto Parts, we have a number of high-quality recycled and reconditioned automotive parts for all types of vehicles. Make sure that your car is fully equipped with all the necessary parts for winter by contacting us today at Barrhead Auto Parts.