If you have a big snow storm on the way, you need to make sure your car is ready for it. This will ensure you can drive to your work, school, etc., without having to worry about getting in an accident or breaking down. Below are three tips to help you get started with this.
Get New Tires
If the tires on your car are old, you need to get new ones before the winter storm hits. Mud and snow tires are specifically made to work well in winter. This is because they have a special chemical that allows them to hold up well no matter how cold it gets outside. Mud and snow tires also have softer treads that allow them to get a better grip on ice or snow. You will see that these tires have more grooves in them to allow them to have an even better grip on the road when it is slick. They have a deep tread depth which reduces snow from building up on the tires and provides more traction when driving on snow and ice. When looking at these tires, you will see them marked as either M+S or M&S. Contact a tire service like PDR Automotive Inc for help finding the right tires.
Get Snow Chains or Traction Cables
If you do not want to buy snow tires, you can put snow chains on your current tires. These chains are placed around the tires, and you can easily take them off when you do not need them. There are also traction cables if you do not want to use a metal chain. Only use snow chains or traction cables when driving on snow/ice as they will damage road surfaces. Your state may have laws stating when you can use snow chains.
Get Maintenance Done
The last thing you want to have happen is to break down on the side of the road when it is below freezing outside. To help prevent this from happening, get some maintenance done on your car. You should take it to a mechanic to give it a tune-up. You should check the fluids in your car, such as the brake, coolant/antifreeze, transmission, and oil fluids. If you have not changed the oil in your car in some time now is the time to get it done.
Check that your hazard lights work and change the windshield wipers if they are not clearing water off the windshield well when it rains. Have the mechanic check the defroster/defogger in your car to make sure it is working properly.
These three tips should help you stay safe until the winter storm passes.