Before you take off on that ski resort vacation you’ve been planning for the past five years but never managed to make it to, there are a few things you should check before heading out. Doing some quick and usually inexpensive maintenance can save some serious dough, time and headaches down the road, and or possibly SAVE YOUR LIFE! 😉
The list below can help prepare you and your beloved vehicle for this winter season.
1. Check Those Tires – Tires are arguably one of the most important aspects of a car, without them you wouldn’t be getting very far. Check the tread life and air pressure before heading out this winter. A good tread depth will help minimize sliding around out there like you’ve just hit a banana in Mario Kart.
Make sure there are no visible cracks within the tire and that the air pressure is matching with the recommended manufacturer pressure ratings. An uneven air pressure in the tire can cause loss of fuel economy and put more strain on the engine.
2. Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid – When the rain and snow start pounding your windshield make sure that you have wiper blades that are capable of doing of the job. The average life of a pair of blades is about one or two years, so make sure that you replace them if necessary. Secondly, fill up your washer reservoir with some winter/de-icer fluid to help clear your windshield of any rain or ice that may be out to get you.
3. Carry An Emergency Kit – You never know when you could be in a roadside emergency and need some medical or automotive supplies. Some things that many recommend to keep in an emergency car kit include: Engine Coolant and Oil, Flashlight, Flares, Radio, Blanket and Extra Warm Clothing. Roadside emergency’s are rare but being prepared will always help when you are stuck waiting for anyone to come help.
To read more on the official DMV website click here: http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/winterize-car.php
Being ready for winter and having your vehicle ready is one less thing you have to worry about. These three tips can help you be safe this winter and keep your car performing at it’s best.
Courtesy / Safety Bonus Tip:
After it has snowed or iced, don’t be one of those folks who don’t clean off their vehicle, because if you’ve ever wondered if that ice flying off vehicles could do damage?
YES IT CAN – So scrape it off people!!!