Driving around in the cold winter months need not be something you dread or fear. It can be something you enjoy, as long as you ensure that your car is comfortable, and safe. You don’t have to miss out on the grandeur of winter simply because you dread driving in snow or hate the cold. With the right equipment (like good car audio systems), a well maintained vehicle, and safety precautions during the winter months, you can enjoy the season while keeping yourself truly safe.
Equipment Needed for Safe and Enjoyable Winter Driving
Aside from having good car audio systems that will enable you to enjoy your winter drives, here are a few more things that you might want to consider having in your car so that you can thoroughly get pleasure from seeing white all around you:
Remote Car Starter – one of the things that most people hate when they get in their car during the winter months is the amount of time it takes to heat up the inside of their vehicle to make it comfortable for them to drive. A remote car starter installation will help you get your car’s interior toasty warm way before you get in, which will make it more pleasurable for you to drive around in since you won’t have to suffer freezing cold for an amount of time before the heat of your car heater kicks in. Also worth noting is that a remote car starter will also warm up your engine for you to ensure smooth driving when you do hit the road.
Winter Tires – these are tires that are made for use in slippery and snowy conditions. Making sure that your car has these tires on before or when snow starts to coat the ground will help ensure that you do drive around safely as soon as winter officially begins. While some people think that all-weather tires are enough, a number of people actually believe that it is better to be safe than sorry. They have winter tires, which have better traction for snowy and slippery weather conditions, installed on their vehicles before winter starts and they have these removed by their favorite mechanics as soon as spring arrives.
Winterize Your Car and Follow Safety Tips
Winterizing your car means preparing it for winter with the right equipment, checking of road worthiness, and the preparation of emergency supplies for those instances when fate is not on your side. Some of the things you will need to have your mechanic check before the onset of winter include your brakes, hoses, fan belts and wiring. You will also need to have your battery checked, spark plugs changed (if needed), and antifreeze levels checked. If needed, go for a tune-up to ensure that your engine won’t fail you during your drives in these cold winter months.
Another thing you need to have to ensure that you are safe when you drive during winter is a survival kit placed in either the trunk of your car, or in a bag in your back seat. Included in this kit are essentials like flashlights and batteries, reflective triangles, a first aid kit and a compass. Matches, ice scrapers, non-perishable no-cook foods and extra warm clothing as well as blankets should also be part of your emergency kit.
You should also make sure that you have a full tank of gas before venturing out in the cold, and a number of necessary equipment for vehicular emergencies. A spare tire and tools for changing tires, a bag of salt or ice melt, jumper cables and a shovel should always be in your trunk during winter. Tire chains, flares, and repair kits, as well as a working mobile phone should also be in your vehicle at all times when you are driving around in the snow.
Remember that safety is important and if you get stranded in the snow, the first thing you should never do is panic. Try to capture the attention of other motorists by lighting flares. Don’t attempt to leave your vehicle until you are certain that you know where you are and where to go.
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