HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR CAR
No matter what time of year the calendar says it is, every driver needs to be cautious when they are on the road. Whether it’s a trip to the grocery store up the street or a road trip halfway across the country, your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road must never be taken for granted. This statement is especially true during the winter season. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it is also debatably the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to daily commuting. The streets you know so well can instantly become hazardous by the presence of snow and ice.
Before the winter becomes especially frightful, it is important to make sure your winter is as prepared as possible for this beautiful yet potentially risky season ahead. Here are a few ways to winterize your car for the cold months to come:
Switch Your Tires
Any time you get on the road during the winter season, you are likely driving in dangerous conditions. Even if snow isn’t in the forecast, there is still a strong possibility that you will encounter slick roads. That’s why Consumer Reports advises drivers to consider switching to winter tires during this frigid season. These seasonal tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds that are specifically made for exceptional traction on icy and snowy streets.
Replace your Battery
There are few scenarios worse than being stranded on the side of the road, with a dead battery, waiting for roadside assistance to arrive. That scene becomes infinitely more unbearable when it’s happening in freezing temperatures. Fortunately, by being a little proactive, this is a circumstance that can easily be avoided. Getting a new battery in your car will guarantee that your vehicle is in the best possible condition. Cold weather can easily zap the life out of a battery, so do everything possible to avoid that by getting rid of the old and replacing it with the new!
Invest in an Emergency Kit
Remember that scenario we just painted of you on the side of the road, waiting for someone to get you and your vehicle safely out of harm’s way on a cold winter’s night? Well, that scene becomes just a bit more pleasant if you have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle. After all, it’s always best to expect the unexpected! USA Today recommends having jumper cables, a shovel, an ice scraper, a flashlight, flares, blanket, hat and gloves, and a portable cell phone charger on hand at all times from now through spring’s arrival.
When it comes to ensuring that your vehicle is as safe as possible during the winter season, trust your friends and experts at Hawkins Chevrolet. Hawkins Chevrolet prides itself on providing exemplary customer services. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your vehicle needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain life-long clients. Hawkins Chevrolet has been serving the Fairmont area for a number of years. We pride ourselves on being large enough to provide professionalism and reliability, yet small enough to provide personalized service. To discover more about how we can get you in the safest Chevrolet available, please visit our website or call us at (507) 238-4786 today.