The winters in Littleton, CO can be quite harsh. With frozen rain, sleet, and of course snow, it makes our roads extra slick. Your tires may have a harder time gripping the road. Not to mention, the cold puts extra strain on our vehicle’s systems, including the engine, brakes, battery, suspension, steering, and more. Whether you’re an experienced driver or not, we thought these tips will come in handy for your driving this winter.
Tip #1: Know How to Handle Your Vehicle on Ice
People tend to be heavy-footed on their brake pedal when it is slick outside. However, it is precisely the opposite of what you should be doing. Hitting the brakes can actually cause your car to slide more. Instead, go easy on the brakes.
Tip #2: Pack Items For Emergencies
The weather can be quite unexpected, so it is essential to stock up on items that can help you out of any sticky situation. Whether you get snowed in at work or welcomed with a dead battery at the store, make sure you have these items:
- Ice scraper
- Snow brush and shovel
- Sand or kitty litter
- Windshield washer fluid
- Blankets, Gloves, Boots
- Jumper cables
- Portable charger
- Flash light
- Tool kit
- First aid kit
Tip #3: Get Winter Tires
Winter tires are great options, especially if you have to be on the road on snow days. They have special tread patterns and deeper treads to move past thick piles of snow. They are great investments.
Tip #4: Test Your Battery
Dead batteries are one of the most common car failures in the winter. Your car battery’s chemical reactions slow down which can cause slow starts. If you have starting issues that require frequent jump starts, consider replacing your battery. To avoid the headaches, we recommend bringing your car to our shop for a battery test to be ahead of the game.
Tip #5: Replace Windshield Wipers
If it has been more than 12 months since you last changed your wiper blades, you should freshen them up. Wipers are cheap to replace, and they can go a long way in clearing obstructions off your windscreen. You should also top off on washer fluid too.
If you need assistance with your seasonal auto maintenance, turn to the experts at South Park Tire & Auto Center. We look forward to your call and/or visit!