Winter is coming, are you ready? New tires, testing the battery, and replacing your wiper blades may be at the top of your checklist, but there are a few more things you should consider for safe driving during the winter months.
Use this checklist for winter preparedness or bring your car in to CARS of America in Glenview and take advantage of our winterization special for the month of October.
- Tires: Do your tires have adequate tread to grip the pavement and get you through the snow? According to a study done by Tire Rack, to have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread.
- Battery: The number one reason people get stranded and need a tow truck is battery failure. If your battery is more than 3 years old, have it tested. The average life of a battery is between 4-6 years, and batteries rarely give a warning before they fail. Also check to make sure the connections between the battery cables and battery terminals are secure, clean and corrosion free.
- Brakes: Are your brake pads worn? Check for wear and fluid levels, and if necessary, replace your brake pads and rotors before the snow is on the ground.
- Cooling System: Check all hoses and belts, as well as the coolant level and condition.
- Heater and Defroster: Use the first frost in October to turn on your heater and defroster and make sure they are working correctly.
- Wiper Blades: Do you hate snow and ice build-up on your wiper blades? Many motorists switch out to winter blades this time of year because they have a protective rubber boot to prevent snow and ice buildup. If you’re among those who don’t care for winter blades, you can put a new set of regular blades on now…instead of waiting for that first messy snow and slush day. Also, keep a spare jug of washer fluid in your trunk.
- Headlights: Check to make sure your headlights are working properly and don’t forget to clean them off before driving off into snow and rain. If your headlights are foggy or have a yellow, hazy look to them, headlight restoration is an easy, affordable way to improve your nighttime visibility.
- Floor Mats: If you want to keep your original floor mats in good condition, buy an inexpensive set for winter to put over your existing mats. If you get stuck and your wheels are spinning, use your inexpensive floor mats in front of the tires to get enough traction to get moving again.