The holiday season is upon us and the last thing on your mind is getting your vehicle ready for the winter to come. You have a long list of people to shop for, food to prepare and decorations to hang. But in order to accomplish most of these tasks you rely on our vehicle, which is a necessity especially during the holiday season. Even if you are not traveling, your friends and family most likely are, so Advance Auto Parts would like to offer some tips for winterizing your vehicle in order to maximize safety on the road and give you some tips on how to avoid or be able handle unsafe weather conditions.
We prepare for winter by getting out our winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats. Preparing your vehicle for driving in harsh winter weather isn’t much harder. “Oddly enough, the best time to actually prepare your vehicle for winter is when it’s still warm outside,” says Bryan Gregory, Advance Auto Parts director of consumer education. So, keep in mind that you will want to complete this checklist at least before the first snow fall.
Advance Auto Parts’ Top 10 Holiday Prep Tips
- Inspect your antifreeze while your engine is cold by using a tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. A 50/50 ratio means 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze, which is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme cold.
“Even though you may never use it, it is essential to always carry a winter emergency kit in your vehicle,” says Gregory. “A small amount of preparation now could save your own, or someone else’s life later on down the road.”
When driving in the snow and ice, abrupt movements of any kind are extremely dangerous and can cause severe accidents. Be sure to travel at a safe and cautious speed, which creates as much possible down force on the tires. Leave extra space between you and other vehicles, both in front of you and behind you, and drive with your headlights on, during both day and night, for better visibility. Again, visibility is key, especially during inclement weather; make sure to defrost and remove ice from all windows before driving.
For more information on winter driving safety, visit www.AdvanceAutoParts.com, click on Know-How, then Video Clinics, and view our free “Winter Prep” clinic, or ask one of our friendly Team Members how you can travel more safely during this busy holiday season. Take our experts with you on your video iPod by downloading Know-How videos, free at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.