As the leaves start to turn, school buses begin to line the early morning streets, and you reach for your jacket as you walk out the door, it becomes clearer and clearer that fall has arrived! While taking a drive is a great way to enjoy all of the beautiful colors of fall, don’t let the opportunity to prepare your car for winter driving pass you by. How can you prepare for winter driving before the first snowflakes start to fall?
Time to Change the Tires
Even though they are technically called winter tires, winter tires will work wonderfully on your car even when there isn’t any snow on the ground. Once the temperature gets below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, winter tires actually work better than tires designed for all seasons. Winter tires are made of a special rubber that is more flexible, so your tires can get a better grip on the slippery winter roads. A good routine for winter tires is installing them in October and removing them once it warms up in April and winter driving is a thing of the past.
While you don’t want to consider what would happen if you got stranded during a winter storm, it’s better to be prepared for the possibility than be left literally out in the cold. A winter driving survival kit can be a great tool to have in your trunk throughout the colder months. Consider adding the following items into a secure bag or bin in your trunk to stay safe during the icy months:
- An ice scraper
- A long-handled brush to remove snow
- Windshield wiper fluid that is freeze-resistant
- A warm blanket
- Booster cables
- A snow shovel
- Salt, sand, or kitty litter
Get an Inspection Before It’s Too Late
As part of your regular car maintenance, you should always get a professional vehicle inspection. If you haven’t done it yet this year, get it done before winter driving conditions start to set in! Your mechanic can check the levels of fluid in your car, test your battery to see what condition it is in, ensure your car is running well, and make sure that your windshield wipers are in great shape. A little maintenance now can go a long way during the winter.
Ready to Get Your Car Ready for Winter Driving?
Auto Stop Limited Inc. is happy to service your vehicle and make sure all of your maintenance needs are properly addressed and resolved. Contact Auto Stop Limited Inc. online or give us a call at (410) 467-7600 to get your questions answered today. To get more vehicle maintenance tips, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.