The winter season is just around the corner, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking about how to prepare for it. With winter comes a lot of snow and cold weather, and this can be tough on your vehicle. The following blog post will give you tips for keeping you safe while driving during the long winter months ahead!
While you should be prepared for winter weather at all times, it’s always best to be extra careful when travel conditions are poor. During these times, it is absolutely critical that you drive safely. While we encourage you to stay home if the weather is poor, we know that sometimes you must still get to work.
If visibility is low, you want to slow down and turn your flashers on. Keep an eye out for road hazards like black ice or snow patches. If it’s snowing, you want to keep the following facts in mind:
When temperatures drop during the winter, you run the risk of letting your car’s engine freeze over. Unfortunately, this puts you at risk for getting stranded in bad weather or even crashing! The best thing that you can do to prevent your engine from freezing is to keep it full of antifreeze. Although you should have this fluid changed out at least once annually, you should pay special attention to it during the winter.
Inspect your radiator on a regular basis and make sure that it isn’t covered in ice. If there’s a big buildup of icicles or lots of frost on your windshield, you should be able to tell that your antifreeze is getting low.
If you’ve noticed signs of freezing in your engine, make sure that you get your car warmed up right away. When the weather is extremely cold, it can take anywhere from five to ten minutes of warming up before you’re ready to drive. If possible, keep your car running while you’re sitting in traffic or waiting for the bus so that it won’t freeze over.
If your engine does freeze over, make sure that you don’t try to accelerate immediately. If your car is accelerating slowly, turn your heater on full blast and make sure that the surrounding air is warm. Once the engine has had some time to thaw out, you can drive away safely!
If you are going to be driving in winter weather, the AAA recommends these additional safety tips:
At Scott’s Auto, we have multiple locations that are here for you year ’round. To make sure you car is prepared for the winter weather, stop by today for a tune-up!