Winter driving comes with its own set of challenges. It can be unpredictable with icy roads and low visibility. We’ve partnered with Len Stoler Porsche to help you prepare for winter driving.
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Before heading out on the road this winter consider these tips to ensure your safety.
Make sure your car is running properly to prevent engine or brake failure. Also, get your tires checked to avoid being on slick roads with worn tire treads. Check the antifreeze and no-freeze windshield wiper fluid in your car regularly.
In case of a break down, keep these essentials in your car including flares to make your car visible and a small shovel to make sure snow doesn’t block your exhaust pipe. This emergency signaling kit includes all you need to keep your car visible by the road.
Tools to Fight off the Snow
Don’t be left outside without the proper tools to fight the snow and ice. Keep a good ice scraper and snow brush in your car. A bag of salt or cat litter can help with tire traction if you find your car stuck in an icy spot.
Avoid Dead Batteries
Don’t leave in your car without a good set of jumper cables. Even if you’ve had your battery checked, it’s smart to have them handy. One winter my husband and I found our car battery dead due to the cold weather. Luckily, we had helpful friends and cables to get our car going again and we got to a car parts store for a replacement.
Also, keep flashlights in your car, you never know when you might need them. LED Flash lights are more reliable and last longer than incandescent ones. The LED use up battery less and will continue working as the batteries wear down.
Stay Warm and Fed
If you find yourself stranded in a snow storm, play it smart by keeping warm blankets and snacks in your emergency kit. These warming hand packs can help you stay warm, too. Just be sure not to run your car engine if your exhaust is blocked by snow. Carbon monoxide will enter the car if the exhaust can’t work properly.
I hope you’ve found these tips to prepare for winter driving helpful! Need more tips? Check out these 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Truck.