Winter driving means you need to be extra alert. Not only are conditions treacherous, but you can’t be sure about what other drivers are going to do, or what their level of preparation or driving skill may be. In order to make sure your vehicle is operating at peak condition and minimize your chance of getting into an auto accident, here are our top maintenance tips for winter driving.
- Make sure that you’re up to date on scheduled maintenance, especially on items like fluid levels and the condition of your tires and brakes. If your car has been giving you any signals that things aren’t up to snuff, be sure to mention it to your mechanic so that they can check out every knock and ping. Make sure all filters have been changed and that the cooling system has been flushed and refilled that your heater and defroster work and that all the bulbs in your brake lights, headlights and turn signals are working.
- Put together a winter emergency kit for your car that includes warm clothing, gloves and boots, a shovel and windshield cleaner, and ice melt, sand or Kitty Litter. You should always have a set of jumper cables handy, check the condition of your spare tire, and make sure you have a charger for your phone.
- Buy a bottle of fuel-line antifreeze. This product can help ice from forming in the fuel line in frigid temperatures. Another good way to prevent freezing is to keep your tank at least half full.
- Check to see when the last time is you bought a new battery, and if it isn’t recent, then have your battery checked. Cold weather can turn a weak battery into a dead one.
- Freezing temperatures can affect different car parts in many different ways. You can help fend off unexpected problems by applying graphite or WD-40 to locks, silicone to door gaskets, and installing fresh windshield wipers. It’s also a good idea to buy a fresh jug of windshield washer fluid, as wintry weather can mean emptying your tank on just about every trip.
Unfortunately, preparation can help keep you safe, but can’t guarantee it. If you’ve been in an auto accident and you’ve been injured, you need an experienced advocate to fight for your rights. Contact the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to set up an appointment to come in and speak to us.