Be Prepared This Winter

The cold has set in and snow is on it’s way. Are you prepared for your winter commute? Haldeman Subaru has put together a few winter tips and reminders to make sure your car is ready for the season ahead!

Get a Grip

Gripping the road and maintaining traction is the key to driving safely in the winter. Make sure your tires have plenty of tread on them to get you safely through the season or make sure to replace your tires before the first big snowstorm falls. Depending on where you live and work, you may even want to consider swapping out your all-seasons for snow tires. Snow tires offer optimal grip and are better served for areas that receive  high amounts of snow or if you regularly travel through windy roads and steep hills.

It’s also important to make sure your tires are properly flated before inclement weather hits. As the temperature drops outside, so does the pressure in your tires. If your tires are not properly inflated, they won’t grip the road as well. Make sure your tires are equipped to grip the road this season.

Seeing the Road Ahead

Besides maintaining traction, it’s also important to make sure you can see clearly outside your windshield and in front of you. To begin, make sure your fluids are topped off. You don’t want to be stuck with salt on your windshield and unable to clean it off, because you no longer have wiper fluid. That will limit your visibility and hinder your driving abilities. You also want to make sure you have the proper windshield wipers to handle any snow or sleet storm. Windshield wipers should typically be changed about once a year, and not all wiper blades are designed to handle snow and ice. Make sure your blades are still in good shape and able to handle the weather ahead, or you’ll be left stranded on the side of the road until the snow or sleet slow down.

If you gained a crack in your windshield from your summer explorations, it’s important to fix your windshield. If you don’t replace your chipped or cracked windshield, the cold can set in the glass and cause the whole windshield to crack, further limiting your ability to see.

Finally, it’s also important to make sure all of your lights are working from your headlights to your taillights. Your headlights allow you to see the road in front of you and your tail lights keep you visible to approaching traffic behind you. Stay safe driving this winter with working lights.

Be Prepared

While it’s always good to keep items such as jumper cables and an ice scraper in your car, there are other items good to keep in your car that you may not think about until you need it. Accidents happen all the time, especially during inclement weather, that can shut down roadways. If you’re stranded on a highway, make sure you have an extra set of clothes, a blanket, and ready-to-eat snacks and water. In case you find yourself stuck and need a little more traction to break free, keep something like sand or kitty litter on hand that can help you gain traction. Prepare a first-aid kit to also keep on hand for any incident that may occur.

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