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TIRES 101: Getting Prepared for Harsh Winter Driving

TIRES 101: Getting Prepared for Harsh Winter Driving

As Old Man Winter descends upon us, we wanted to take a few moments to help you prepare for winter driving. First, as a brief reminder, remember to always check your tire pressures on the first of each month…including the spare. Also, did you know that once the temperature drops below 45-degrees Fahrenheit, an all-season tires ability to grip the road decreases. With slush, ice and hard-packed snow factoring into winter driving, you should replace your all-season tires with a winter tire like the AltimaxTM Arctic. In winter weather, a winter tire will provide optimal traction and performance.

Now that your vehicle is properly shod for the season, follow this list of 10 items to prepare your car for winter driving (note: some work may need to be done by a professional):

  1. Antifreeze – Make sure the level is full and at a 50/50 mix of water/antifreeze.
  2. Wipers – Replace wipers for maximum performance in snowy, slushy, icy conditions.
  3. Wiper Fluid – Fill up because one long mile in slushy conditions behind a semi-truck can mean low visibility.
  4. Shocks – Have a professional check your shocks as defective shock absorbers increase braking distance and shorten the life span of tires.
  5. Battery – Clean posts and check for optimum performance.
  6. Brakes – Have brakes inspected for optimal performance in slick conditions.
  7. Spark plugs – Check for wear and replace if necessary.
  8. Tires – Check tread depth and pressures and make the change to winter tires if warranted.
  9. Emergency Kit – Carry an emergency that includes items like: flares, small shovel, sand or kitty litter, snow brush/ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, extra batteries, extra cell phone charger, gloves, boots, blankets, and high-energy snacks.
  10. Extreme Traveling - If you are a winter sports enthusiast traveling in the mountains or are planning a long drive across country to Grandma’s house for the holidays, consider carrying snow chains. They may be required in certain areas to drive on the road or over a mountain pass.

And remember, use caution when driving in extreme weather conditions.

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