In the winter, hazardous conditions such as sleet and snow can strike at any time. While it’s best to avoid driving in dangerous weather, this isn’t always something you can get around, so it’s important to take proper precautions to minimize your risk of getting in an accident. You’ll want to take your time and drive extra carefully, which includes reducing your speed significantly. Filling up on gas—especially before going on any longer drives—is also a good idea, and you’ll want to carry emergency supplies just in case your car breaks down and you have to wait a while for help to arrive.
It’s also important to make sure your car is winter-ready and can do its best to handle harsh conditions. This means checking the following:
It may seem minor, but many drivers may not realize their headlights are providing optimal amounts of light or that one of them may be out completely. Be sure to check your headlights and replace any, if needed.
Not only do you need good tires, but you need winter tires that are specifically designed to better handle snowy and icy conditions. A new set of tires can be a big expense, but when it means being safer on the road, it’s an investment worth making.
In addition to headlights, your windshield wipers also significantly help with your visibility when you’re driving through treacherous conditions. Don’t just settle for windshield wipers that simply do the job. If you haven’t replaced them in a while, the beginning of winter can be the perfect time. It’s a quick and inexpensive fix, and it’s a replacement that can make a huge difference.
Defects and Overall Issues
Aside from the basics, you’ll want to take your car to your mechanic and just make sure it’s in good shape overall. There could be underlying issues that you aren’t aware of, such as engine problems, and you’ll want to take care of any problems before getting on the road. If a part of your car was recalled, this is also something you’ll want to get repaired before you drive your car in the winter.
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