Long, cold, blustery winters are something most of us in the Midwest have learned to take in stride, for the most part. However, when it comes to driving on slick and icy roads or through blowing and drifting snow, even the most experienced driver can become anxious. Knowing your vehicle is ready for anything that might arise can help to ease that anxiety.
Before winter arrives, it is important to bring your vehicle into your mechanic and have the fluid levels and battery checked (and replace it if necessary). Remember, a battery that starts your car instantly in 80-degree weather may not have enough cranking power to do the same on a frigid morning.
This is also a good time to have your tires inspected and make sure they are inflated properly. Additionally, you will want to make sure that all of your tires are the same type. Mixing radial and other types of tires can reduce stability.
Maintaining your vehicle in peak operating condition overall will help to keep you safe on the road during the winter driving season. Ensuring your gas tank remains at least half-full will help avoid gas line freeze-up. If it isn’t in your vehicle already, make sure you pack an ice scraper, a snow brush, and if possible, a small snow shovel. It is also a good idea to keep gloves, hats, blankets, water, food, and any needed medication in your car if you are driving for any long distances during the winter.
These common-sense maintenance tips can help you and your passengers stay safe on the roads during the winter. However, if your car has seen better days and you are concerned about experiencing a break-down, it may be time to visit a high-quality used car dealer in Geneva. Hawk Ford has a huge selection of winter-ready vehicles that can provide you with peace of mind when it’s time to hit the road.