Winter Driving Safety Tips
Written by Welcome on January 8, 2015
2. Check your hoses because cold weather causes them to shrink and lead to leaks.
3. Have thermostat checked. An improperly working thermostat results in slow engine warm up.
4. Inspect belts. Cold weather puts additional load on belts. Power steering is a good example. The oil gets thick and requires more power for operation. If that belt is old and worn, the cold temperatures will lead to a slipping belt.
5. Test your battery. Cold temperature thickens engine oil requiring more cranking power. Make sure your battery connections are clean and making a good connection. Battery’s are typically good for 3-4 years before they need replacing.
6. Check your windshield wipers. You have to see to drive carefully! Don’t take risks with an old hard wiper blade, and make sure to be using washer fluid that can withstand sub zero temperatures.
7. Inspect your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and have good tread. Consider snow tires, especially on rear wheel drive cars. Many of the cars that end up in the body shop are the result of bald tires.
8. Be sure to have a safety kit in the trunk: Reflectors, jumper cables, shovel, and a blanket are good to have in an emergency.
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