Winter is in full swing! If you live here in Maryland, you may feel like a professional when it comes to navigating the icy winter roads. You never know what kind of dangerous driving conditions you may come across. Whether you’re a new driver, someone who just moved to an area with particularly rough winters, or just someone who is interested in winter driving tips, take a look at these ideas to better prepare yourself and your car for winter driving.
Instead of slipping and sliding all over the roads this winter, make sure your tires are prepared for the elements! You need to get a check on your tires and make sure that they have at least 1/8 inch of tread. If they do not, it may be time for some new tires. You’re also going to want to make sure the air pressure in your tires is full before you hit the road. Drops in temperature make the PSI go down. You can check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the correct number of PSI for your tires.
If you park your vehicle outdoors during the wintertime, it puts a strain on your vehicle’s battery like you wouldn’t believe. You do not want to get caught somewhere in the cold and hear that deafening silence when you try to crank your car and the battery is dead. Make a proactive check of your battery. Repair shops don’t usually charge very much to load-test your battery, and some car-parts stores will do it for free!
Make sure your headlights are clean of all kinds of dirt and debris. The summer months are particularly rough on the front ends of vehicles with all the bugs and dust. Wipe those lights clean and give them a good waxing so they can shine bright in the dark and dreary winter months! You always want to be able to see what is ahead!
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Keep a small bag in your trunk full of everything you might need if you get stranded roadside in a winter storm. Blankets, hand warmers, snacks, and bottled waters are all good things to keep around for just-in-case situations! This a good idea for everyone no matter what season it is.
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