Snowy/cold weather driving can get a little bit tricky and even a little bit scary (or a lot a bit scary). Don’t get caught out on the road unprepared, here’s a few tips to get you through the rest of the colder months safe and sound.
- Check windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly. In some areas, snow blades are an effective alternative to conventional wiper blades.
- Have your mechanic test the anti-freeze/coolant to provide the correct level of protection required in your driving area.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full. The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems within your fuel system. It also adds helpful weight to your vehicle.
- In rear–wheel drive vehicles, extra weight in the trunk or truck bed may be helpful. Use care – unsecured weight can shift while you are moving or if you have to stop suddenly. Bags of sand can provide weight, and if sprinkled on the ice, sand helps provide traction.
- Before you leave your driveway, scrape the ice and snow from every window and the exterior rear view mirrors, not just a small patch on the windshield.
- Don’t forget to remove snow from headlights and brake lights.
- Try to remove ice and snow from your shoes before getting in your vehicle. As they melt, they create moisture build-up, causing windows to fog on the inside.
- You can reduce windshield fogging by turning the air recirculation switch to the OFF position. This brings in drier, fresh air. You can also run your air conditioner. It can serve as a dehumidifier for a few minutes.
- Keep your vehicle stocked with simple emergency equipment in case you do get stalled or have an accident. Consider keeping items like a blanket or extra clothes, a rope for towing, bottled water, granola bars, and a bag of sand or kitty litter for traction.
- Warming up a car prior to travel is a common practice, but most engines really don’t need more than a minute or two to circulate oil to all internal parts. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for information about your engine.
- Avoid large bulky boots, gloves and coats, and never drive in ski boots.
Utah Jiffy Lube is always here to help. If you have any questions or troubles, just bring your vehicle in to your local Jiffy Lube, we would be happy to help you keep your vehicle on the road.
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