6 Tips for Driving in Frigid Temps

January 18th, 2016 by

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We’re definitely in the midst of a cold snap, which means it’s important that we all take special precautions when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

1. Fill ‘er up
When cold weather strikes, it’s best to keep your gas tank at least half full. This decreases the likelihood that your gas lines will fill with moisture and freeze.

2. Inspect your tires.
Tires can lose pressure when temps drop, so it’s a good idea to make sure your tire pressure is correct. Also, if you haven’t done so in a while, consider having your tires rotated.

3. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape.
Preparation is key. Schedule an appointment with your service technician to make sure your ignition, exhaust system, brakes, air filters, spark plugs and battery are in good working order. Be sure you have plenty of antifreeze and wiper fluid, too.

4. Monitor weather forecasts.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for inclement weather before you head out. Make sure you know if snow is in the forecast or if temperatures are supposed to dip below zero.

5. Pack emergency supplies.
Keep a spare tire, a shovel, an ice scraper, a bag of salt or kitty litter and a flashlight in the trunk of your car. Also, make sure your phone has a full charge if you’re planning to be in the car for several hours.

6. Dress smart.
If you do end up getting stranded, you won’t want to be without a warm coat, hat and gloves. It’s also a good idea to stow a few spare blankets in your car throughout cold-weather months.