Navigating Winter

by Joe Ferguson on November 23, 2012

Winter is gently tapping at the door. After the warmth and lack of snow last year you may be saying, “Big deal!” But that’s just how Old Man Winter wants you to feel and he’s not after just you. He’s after your car! According to meteorologists, this year’s cold season will be more treacherous than the last.

Okay, so the universe (or global warming) gave us a break last year. As pleasant as that mild weather was, that is still not an excuse to let your winter driving skills go by the wayside. The season can be fraught with danger for those of us who fail to take our cars’ well-being for granted. If you can’t take care of your car on your own be sure to have a trustworthy mechanic or auto shop give your ride a once-over.

Just in case this inclement weather actually materializes and turns your area into a proverbial “Winter Wonderland”, make sure you keep some things in mind to ensure a safe winter driving regimen.

  • Make sure to check fluid levels (coolant, wiper fluid)
  • Check your air conditioning, rear defrost, and other mechanisms used to keep your car safe and toasty.
  • Invest in some snow tires or at least snow chains
  • Keep a full tank of fuel. If there’s too little in there it could freeze into gas-cicles!
  • Try to keep some sandbags or cat litter handy
  • Keep a bag with extra gloves, hats, scarves, heat packs, etc. in case you end up stranded in the cold.
  • Don’t drive like an out-of-control maniac; slow down and don’t endanger your own life or the lives of others due to impatience. It’s not a pretty way to go.

It seems that a lot of people are so concerned about getting to their destination that they neglect to take simple precautions to ensure their car even makes the trip. Take care of your car and it will take care of you. Car maintenance is a two-way street. Don’t get caught unprepared.

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