How to Prepare Yourself for Winter Driving

When the snow and ice roll in, the roads get hazardous. As a driver, you must prepare for what lies ahead to keep you and your passengers safe and prevent any damage to your automobile. We have some tips to prepare you for the season, no matter what it brings.

Leave the House Earlier

If the weather is calling for snow, set your alarm clock a bit earlier for the next day. Give yourself adequate time to get where you're going so you don't find yourself traveling at unsafe speeds.

Slow Down

The roads become slick when there isn't any friction between your tires and the road. Because of this, your car may slip, and you may lose control of the vehicle. Remain in control, and prevent this from happening by slowing down.

Get Winter or All-Season Tires

Winter tires are specially designed to handle slick conditions. You may even opt for studded ones to maximize the traction you receive on the road. As far as all-season, they have similar traction to winter tires, so they can handle winter road conditions better than a set of summer tires.
If you already have one of these tire types, make sure they have enough tread on them to get through the season.

Have an Emergency Kit

In case you break down alongside the road in the cold, have an emergency kit handy with items such as:

  • Blankets
  • Tool kit
  • Packaged food
  • Water
  • Flashlight
  • Ice scraper

Check Your Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a liquid necessary to keep your cooling system functioning properly throughout the winter. Before winter, flush your vehicle's system. As you're doing so, check for any leaks. This step can prevent engine damage.

If you're preparing your vehicle for winter, contact River City Tire & Automotive today for assistance.

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