25 Winter Car Tips

Date: 2013-12-18

25 Winter Car Tips

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  • When your car spins out of control, don't slam on the brakes as it will only result in you spinning faster.  Steer your car in the direction that you're spinning it, as you won't lose complete control and it should help reduce the spin.
  • When your tires get stuck in the snow, don't spin your tires as it will only result in you getting deeper into the snow and you increase the risk of overheating the transmission.
  • Always keep a shovel in your trunk in the event that you get stuck. Keep an ice scraper in the car as well as driving with ice on the windshield can be dangerous.
  • If you're visiting someone, avoid parking on the side of the road as it makes it more difficult for snowplows to clear the road. It may also result in your car being surrounding by a pile of snow.
  • Invest in winter tires. While the cost of winter tires may intimidate, it will provide more traction and will help prevent sliding on black ice. The tread of winter tires is different than summer tires. It is designed to increase traction on snow and ice. Ensure that the tread of your tires isn't worn down.
  • Always make sure the car's tailpipe isn't covered or under snow. This will help prevent poisonous gases from entering the car.
  • Drive carefully. Driving the speed limit can be extremely dangerous during heavy snow falls and when black ice is present. Drive according to road conditions.
  • If the roads are extremely slippery, drive with your passenger side tires partially on the shoulder for better traction if possible.
  • Keep a warm blanket, snacks, first aid kit, and warm clothing in the trunk in case of an emergency. Keep sand bags in the trunk to provide better traction for your rear wheels.  If you're stuck use the sand to make it easier to drive through the snow by placing it around the tires to provide better traction.
  • Clean carpets and mats salt stains with emzone Salt & Stain Remover.
  • Update your roadside assistance coverage. In the winter months, you're more likely to need towing or help getting unstuck from snow or even having a tire changed.
  • Take your car into a dealership or auto repair shop to refill your antifreeze, check your heater,  and check your radiator. Have them do an 100-point inspection on your car to make sure that its safe for driving in harsher conditions.
  • Ensure that the gas tank is at least half full. Anything less can lead to freezing pipes in your vehicle, which may cause permanent damage.
  • Keep a phone charger in the car in case of an emergency.
  • You may notice that slush and dirt will build up on your car in the winter months. Use emzone Waterless Wash & Wax to clean your car without water to help prevent rust.
  • Using vinegar and water to remove frost can damage your car's paint
  • Allow your car to warm up before you start driving.
  • Check to ensure that your 4-Wheel Drive works. Don't use 4-Wheel drive in the summer months.
  • Avoid leaving your vehicle during harsh weather conditions if your car breaks down. Frostbite may occur quickly if you have exposed skin.
  • Clean the snow and ice off your car.
  • Put winter floor mats in your car. Many cars have a lot of equipment and parts near and underneath the carpets. Salt and water can cause rusting of your car leading to expensive repairs.
  • Lubricate door locks to help prevent freezing.
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes as the roads are slippery.
  • Look far ahead when driving, it may take longer to stop your car depending on the road conditions. Use extra caution.
  • When turning, only accelerate after you have completed the turn.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Matthiesen

and please put on winter tires as soon as it's appropriate. They save lives!

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