Winter Driving Safety

Protect your car from the wrath of Old Man Winter
As the leaves continue to fall, cold temperatures, ice and snow are just around the corner. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 43 percent of all weather-related accidents occur in winter conditions. Though you can’t control the weather, there are ways to prepare your car to help minimize your accident chances.

  • Check the tires - Make sure your tires still have good tread. To check, turn a penny upside down and place it in the tire grooves, the rubber should cover Lincoln’s hairline. Make sure the tires have enough air pressure and have been rotated recently.
  • De-ice windshields – Use a windshield coating that helps prevent ice buildup and use windshield-wiper fluid that has an ice melt additive.
  • Fluids – Even in cold temperatures, your engine needs to cool. Be sure to check your coolant and antifreeze levels.
  • Improve visibility – Clear all windows and windshields of snow and ice, but don’t forget to clear your headlights and brake lights too.
  • Have a thorough tune up – Have a certified mechanic check your car, including the battery, belts, hoses, oil and brakes.
  • Be prepared for emergencies - Have an emergency kit on hand stocked with a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, a shovel and sand or kitty litter.

Winter driving is just as hard on your vehicle as it is on you. However, these few tips can help everyone stay safer on those winter roads.
Source: National Safety Council, U.S. Department of Transportation

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