With winter fast approaching, bad weather is all but inevitable. One of the dangers posed towards drivers is weather such as snow. A vehicle should be prepared for winter before the storm and snow hits. This guide can help you prepare your vehicle for the winter weather.
Being able to see safely is important in bad weather. There are several things a driver can do to prepare their vehicle.
If there is heavy snow, regularly clearing off the vehicle can help prevent ice buildup on the windshield and windows. A soft broom will allow quick removal of snow, and should be used every couple inches of buildup. If too much snow is left on the vehicle, ice will form and make it difficult when you need to leave.
A can of spray de-icer and an ice scraper are necessary accessories for cold weather. Ice may build up on the windshield overnight, and spray de-icer in combination with a scraper will quickly remove the ice and have you on your way. Several brands of de-icer come with a scraper built into the can. If you are out of de-icer, your windshield washing fluid will help clear the ice; make sure you have plenty of fluid in your vehicle in preparation.
Another suggestion for clear windows is to apply an anti-fog product to the inside of the glass. Several products allow for a quick and easy application which prevents fogging on the interior of the vehicle. This can be a valuable addition in cold weather, especially if your defroster isn’t up to par.
A final tip for clear vision is to cover the windshield with a small tarp or piece of cardboard at night or when the vehicle is not in use. This cover will prevent snow and ice buildup on the windshield, allowing for a quick departure.
Checking fluid levels before winter hits is a necessity. Make sure your vehicle has the proper amount of fluids such as oil, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze or coolant.
Jumper cables should be carried in the trunk of the vehicle in case of emergency. An emergency car kit may also be carried if wicked weather is expected.
If snow is certain, purchasing snow chains for your vehicle’s tires may be necessary. Check to make sure that your vehicle will allow for chains, and note your tire size to purchase the proper size of chains. For front wheel drive vehicles, chains go on the front tires. For rear wheel drive vehicles, the chains will go on the rear tires. It may help to practice applying and removing the chains if you are inexperienced using them, as it will make it easier during an emergency.
On the topic of tires, make sure your vehicle’s tires are in shape to last the whole winter. If the tires need to be replaced, do it before the bad weather hits. The tires give your vehicle traction and keep you on the road, so pay special attention to them.
Preparing your vehicle before dreadful weather hits is the best route to take in protecting your safety. You rely on your vehicle, so you should do your best to prepare it for a possibly dangerous winter. In addition to taking proper care of the vehicle, be sure to drive safely and cautiously in detrimental weather. A collision may not only affect those in your vehicle, but other drivers or pedestrians. Prepare your vehicle for winter and drive with care so spring can come without harm.