Winter Weather Driving Tips and Reminders

The cold has set in and old man winter has arrived. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the season ahead from your tires to your wipers, to what you store inside while on the road. Everyone is busy juggling work and personal lives, so Haldeman Ford in Hamilton has composed a few general reminders to make sure your prepared.

Check Your Tires

As the weather grows colder and inclement weather becomes more dangerous to travel in, maintaining traction begins with your tires. Be sure to check your tires and make sure they’re properly inflated and have enough tread on them. As temperatures fall, the pressure in your tires also decreases; for every 10 degree fahrenheit drop, your tires can lose up to 1PSI. When your tires are not properly inflated, they don’t maintain traction on the road as well. Likewise, if your tires are balding, it’s important to replace them before the snow and freezing rain arrive. You may also want to consider swapping out your all-season tires for snow tires during these brutal months, if your commute involves a lot of windy roads and hills.

Make Sure You Can See

Windshield wipers should be replaced about once a year. Do you remember when you replaced yours last? In addition to replacing them once a year, the windshield blades that you buy can impact your visibility. Some are designed to handle snow and ice better than others, so make sure you buy the right windshield blades for the season.

If you dealt with a crack in your windshield on your summer road trips, it's important to replace your windshield right away. While it may start off as a small crack, once the cold sets in, it can cause the whole windshield to crack further and limit your ability to see while driving.

Create an Emergency Kit

Whether you plan on driving through inclement weather or not, keep your car prepared for any situation that may arise. Make sure to keep bottled water, already-prepared snacks, a blanket, and an extra set of clothes in your car. You’ll never know when you may end up stuck on a highway due to a road closure. In case you find yourself stuck somewhere, keep an abrasive substance such as non-clumping kitty litter and a small shovel in your car. It's always good to have an emergency flashlight and jumper cables on hand as well for yourself or another stranded motorist.

If you’re not sure if your vehicle has another winter left in it, stop by Haldeman Ford in Hamilton, and we’ll help you find a reliable vehicle.  For more tips and reminders, be sure to follow Haldeman Ford’s blog posts or sign up for our email notifications!

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