Winter road trips tips for staying safe and protecting your car parts

Winter Road Trips: Tips for Staying Safe and Protecting Your Car Parts

Road trips can be just as fun during the wintertime as they are during summer, but extra precautions must be taken in order to protect you and your car parts. Weather conditions are exactly predictable, so you’ll have to prepare in advance for any little thing that may come up along the road. Follow my tips below for a safe and happy winter road trip.

  1. Before you head out, make sure that your car is in proper working order. Your ignition system, fuel system, belts, hoses fluids and brakes should be checked. You also need to make sure that your wiper blades, heater, defroster, cooling system and lights are all in proper working order. Also make sure that your gas tank is full before you embark on your trip. In general, you shouldn’t let it fall below half a tank ever.
  2. Make sure that you’ve got great tires for your trip. They should be inflated to the proper pressure and you should have at least 1/8-inch of tire tread. If anticipate a lot of snow on your trip, you may want to invest in some snow tires as well.
  3. Along with making sure that your car is in proper working order, you will also want to stock up on some essential equipment. It’s recommended that you have a cell phone, a windshield scraper, a shovel, sand, blankets, a flashlight and jumper cables. Also make sure that you’ve got a spare tire, a jack and a lug wrench in case you get a flat tire.
  4. Once you’ve prepared completely and head out on the road make sure that you drive cautiously. You should always be buckled in and you should try your best not to make sudden movements in your car. Keep a light touch on the controls and always brake slowly. If you are in a particularly slippery area, don’t use cruise control.
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