At any temperature, weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems.
Winterize Your Car
– Check the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
– Change and adjust the spark plugs.
– Check the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
– Inspect the distributor.
– Check the battery.
– Check the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
– Check antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
– Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
– Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
– Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. Also, keep your lights and windshield clean.
– Use low gears to keep traction.
– Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and the road in front of them will more than likely be worse than the road behind them.
– Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.