Winter driving can be hazardous if you do not prepare your car ahead of time. We have you covered with this helpful checklist from Constellation:
Check your tire tread.
Bald tires are unacceptable at any time of the year. Use the penny test to see how your tires shape up. Take a penny with the Lincoln side facing you and insert it into the tire tread. If you can see any of Lincoln’s head from where it is sitting, it is time to get new tires.
Put air in your tires.
Underinflated tires pose a serious risk for you and your vehicle, especially in the winter. Look for a free air pump at a local gas station to fill your tires yourself. If you do not know how to inflate your tires properly, ask a mechanic to do it for you.
Change your oil and antifreeze.
You do not need any issues with these in the winter. Keep up with your regular maintenance to avoid problems.
Fix your heater.
While a broken heater may not be the biggest issue for you on shorter rides, it will be for longer rides. Besides comfort, a working heater is necessary for your body as the months get colder.
Inspect your battery.
The battery capacity of a car lowers during winter. Have a professional look at your battery so you can safely drive on the road.