The holidays are over and the first chill of the season is upon us. Time to prepare for winter driving.
Motorists should do a few things to ensure that their car remains safe and reliable through harsh winter conditions.
Start by making sure your car is in good mechanical condition. Of primary concern as the weather gets cold is battery condition. A questionable battery may continue to start your car until that first cold day of the year when it will get you stuck. Follow your mechanics recommendations if he suggests a new battery. It is not fun waiting for road service on a cold, snowy night.
Tires must also be in good condition to keep you moving. Four wheel drive vehicles require a matched set to prevent driveline damage. Also remember that four wheel drive vehicles can slip on ice just like any other car. Motorists with four wheel and all wheel drive vehicles must respect the elements like everyone else.
A shovel in your trunk is a good idea if you have to dig out your car, but conventional snow shovels are not the best choice. The best type of shovel for digging snow is what Home Depot today calls a transfer shovel. This sturdy steel shovel design will dig snow and even chop at ice. It picks up a little less snow than most flat snow shovels and is less likely to cause a back injury. Also choose a handle style that you feel is the most comfortable.
You should also keep in your car some rock salt, a flashlight, and a charger for your phone. A piece of carpet to place under a slipping wheel is also helpful.
Finally, remember you are blessed by being in New York. If you don’t have to drive in rough weather leave your car parked. This isn’t the frontier! Walk to a local store or better yet your favorite eatery and stay off the road.