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The challenges that come with winter driving are quite enormous, making it necessary to thoroughly check car safety level before it comes. The following tips, if carefully adhered to, will save cars from the danger of snows, dusty atmosphere and keep them healthy to drive.
Your car tires must be totally changed if they are weak as winter approaches; alternatively, you can replace them with winter tires once the temperature hits seven degrees [7oC]. Winter tires have a unique rubber compound that makes them extra flexible to grip snow and ice for maximum traction. Thorough checks should be conducted on all our tires, including the spare, to make sure they are ready for winter cruising.
Heater and Defroster
Cold weather is the main sign that comes with winter; therefore, car heaters must be inspected regularly to ensure constant heat supply inside the cabin. It is equally important to make sure that car defroster is active because of frost that will be dropping steadily.
Fuel Deicer or Coolant Level
As the temperature continues to drop, add one bottle of fuel deicer to prevent moisture building along fuel lines. Fill your car tank always to stop moisture forming below the tank cover. It is important that water and coolant ratio should be proportional to the prevailing weather condition 60/40.
Inspect All Lights and Bulbs
Since visibility is always poor during cold weather, car lights should be sharp enough to travel safely in case of darkness or heavy snowfall. Make sure car lights and bulbs are frequently inspected, and dead ones replaced immediately. Your battery should also be effective to supply required energy and avoid power outage to ignition and bulbs.
There should be adequate provision for emergency supplies like first aid, bottled water, boots, gloves and extra winter coats during cold weather travel. Your car should have items like booster cable, safety triangles, extra oil, windshield washer fluid, a shovel and a bag of salt or sand among others.
As the cold weather approaches, make sure you have the right oil change according to the specification provided in the operation and maintenance manual. Both oil and fuel filters should be changed during winter. As often as possible to avoid dirt settling within the fuel and oil lines.
Belts and Hoses
Cold weather is always harsh on rubber materials especially belts and hoses. The frequent and constant examination should be done on them to ensure they are in good condition even if your car is new. This will prevent the danger of emergency or transmission failure during winter driving.
Dust and frost are so common during cold weather; therefore, it is important to make sure that windscreen wiper, windshields in front and back is transparent enough to see through. Wiper blades should firmly grip the shield for proper removal of frost and dirt for clear visibility.
4Wheel Drive Check
If your car is 4 wheel drive, you must check the features and know how to optimally operate them before traveling. This will prevent electrical or mechanical failure while driving.
Drive Well and Watch Out For Warning Signs
Because of the adverse effect of cold weather, emergency measures may be applied in some busy roads for safety purposes. Moreover, the roads will mostly be wet with melting ice; therefore, there should be a sharp reduction in speed limits.