Winter is here and that can only mean one thing: rough weather. We get so caught up in the idea of a White Christmas, that we forget all the damage this season can do to our vehicles. We hear things like “winterize” and “traction control tires” but do we really understand the importance of these things?
Winterizing your car can be the difference between hydroplaning or slipping on black ice. It really is important to make sure your car is ready to go, regardless of where you live. Whether you live in Florida and have to deal with the rain, live in Maine and have to live through 6 months of snow and ice, or live in California and have to endure both, your car is going to take a beating. If you are a nervous driver, then these sort of conditions can prove to be less than glamourous.
So, how can you ensure your car is ready to handle it all? It’s simple, really.
Know your area. If you live in a place where it rains half of the year, make sure your tires don’t go bald and that your anti-lock brakes are good to go. The same can be said with the snow. Purchase snow tires for the winter and regular tires for spring and summer.
Your windshield wipers need to also be in tip top shape to be able to handle anything coming your way. High winds will carry debris and hail will make it difficult to see. Fortunately, you can stop by any local auto parts store, like Advance Auto Parts, and they can direct you on the right wipes to buy for your location (they will even put them on for you!
You also want to be a smart traveler. When booking your next work trip or adventure with your friends, and you need to rent a car, make sure you rent one that is designed for the location. Get an SUV with four-wheel drive if you are going into the mountains and not a convertible BMW to look cool. Use Orbitz when booking travel to make it easier to find the safest vehicle.