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Safety January 6, 2017

5 Tips for Preparing Your Vehicle for Cold Weather

While winter weather can be a pretty sight, it presents a slew of challenges to you and your vehicle. Cold weather ensures the mechanical abilities of your car are working overtime. Here’s how to prepare.

Tips for Preparing Your Vehicle for Cold Weather

  1. Check your tire pressure to ensure your tires are properly inflated. Tire pressure drops by about one pound per 10 degrees of temperature. If the last time you checked your tire pressure was in the dog days of summer, your tires could be dangerously low and hamper your ability to handle the vehicle in dicey winter conditions.
  2. Get your battery checked to make sure it’s working properly and the charging system is functioning. Engines are harder to start during the winter and your battery loses power in colder temperatures so it’s imperative that your battery has enough juice to be able to start your vehicle. You don’t want to be left stranded in the cold!
  3. Ensure that your windshield wipers are in good shape so that they can properly wipe away snow and freezing rain.
  4. Keep your vehicle filled with at least a half tank of gas. You don’t want to get stuck or stranded without gas since your engine will be your only source of heat.
  5. Make sure your window defrosters work. This will help with visibility when your windows start to fill with condensation.

Learn more about how cold weather impacts tire pressure here:

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