December 21st is the official start of winter, but depending on where you live, you may have already fallen victim to its first arctic blasts. Some of you that live in the west or the south can skip this blog, but for most of the country, winter will soon be upon us. According to the 2017 Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is going to be a doozy filled with bone chilling temps and lots of ice and snow.
A few simple steps to take care of the inside and outside of your car will go a long way towards keeping your ride safe and smooth this winter – whether you’re headed on a ski trip to the mountains or just trying to navigate a blizzard on your way home from work. Before the cold, wintry weather moves in to stay, make sure car is ready for the season with these Ready, Set, Winter! tips from Michelin:
EMERGENCY KIT: Carry an emergency kit with gloves, blanket, flares, a shovel, flashlight, water, extra batteries and cell phone charger, as well as an emergency contact list with important phone numbers.
BATTERY: Battery capacity is decreased significantly by cold weather. Before the winter months, have your dealer or mechanic check it to ensure it’s at peak performance. It’s also a good idea to carry jumper cables in your car, should you ever need someone to give you a boost.
HEATER & DEFROSTER: Make sure the heater and defroster are in proper working condition for occupant comfort and visibility.
INTERIOR MATS: Using winter mats in your car can go a long in keeping your car’s interior clean during the snowy, slushy months.
TIRES: Tires lose pressure as temperatures drop. Even if winter conditions are mild, remember to check your pressure once a month.
If you’re driving where temperatures consistently approach freezing, consider a winter tire like the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, built for superior traction and handling in winter conditions.
LIGHTS: Inspect your headlights and brake lights to ensure they’re fully functioning, which are especially important during winter fogs or heavy snow.
WIPERS: Buy washer fluid with antifreeze solution to protect visibility and ensure windshield blades are in good working order.
WAX: A fresh coat of wax before the snow flies can help protect against damage from salt and dirt.
Safe Travels this Winter.