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Driving safe in the winter is important for you, as well as those around you. Try not to drive with sudden or jerky movements when the roads are ice covered, it may cause the vehicle to slide or slip.

 

It is also important to leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The visibility should also be the best it can be when driving. Make sure to remove any twigs or other debris that could build up in areas of your vehicle where air is blown out. This can occur where the hood meets the windshield. In the winter it can become frozen and prevent air to the windshield, as well as being a nuisance until spring. Also make sure to check the sunroof area of the vehicle. If there is a gap or issue with the sunroof, it may cause water to leak in.

 

Also make sure to inspect the windshield wipers to ensure they are in great condition for the winter. Since wipers are an inexpensive part, make sure to replace them at the first sign that they might be starting to wear. Also make sure to turn the wipers off before shutting the engine off. This way they will not freeze to the windshield when the vehicle is not running. If they freeze to the windshield and you start the vehicle, it could cause the windshield wiper motor to burn out.

 

If you park your vehicle outdoors, the battery may have more stress put on it than vehicles that are parked inside. If you start to notice your vehicle is starting slower than it typically should, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. We can test the battery to make sure it is still able to hold the charge properly. We can also inspect the condition of the battery to ensure it is free from a build up of debris or corrosion. The terminals and posts should also be inspected for the condition they are in.

 

The tires should be inspected on a regular basis in the winter. This is because they can lose a pound of pressure for every ten-degree drop in temperature. The tires should be at the air pressure that is recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. A tire that is under inflated may have the tendency to blow out when driving. It may also cause an issue with the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. This is because the vehicle will use extra fuel and power to make up for the loss in air pressure. Over inflated tires are more likely to pick up sharp objects that may be in the road. They also provide less contact with the road’s surface.