The Right Way To Prepare Your Car For Ice And Snow
Winter is finally here…the cold, snow and ice is on the way. Are you and your car ready for adverse conditions? “At Jack Williams, we want to make sure you’re ready before the winter weather hits. It’s always easier – and much more convenient – for drivers to take time ahead of snowfall and icy conditions to check their car,” said Jack Williams’ Director of Training Tom Vose. “We want to make sure your vehicle is road ready and safe. For some drivers that means the right tires. For others that could mean a simple safety check done here – the right way, The Williams Way.” The ‘Right Way’ Winter Checklist
- TIRES – Are they in good condition and properly inflated? If you have winter tires, get them put on. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all weather conditions. Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles have great traction to get you going, but still need extra time to stop in adverse conditions. With our winter weather, consider getting four winter tires for the best traction.
- FLUIDS – Especially windshield washer fluid and coolant!
- Use an inexpensive coolant tester available at any auto parts store for a couple of bucks
- The vehicle should be cold
- Remove the radiator cap
- Squeeze bulb to draw up antifreeze to correct fluid level, hold tester vertically and read pointer
- Should be good to at least -30 degrees
- Or, take your vehicle to any Jack Williams store to have your antifreeze tested for FREE
- HEADLIGHTS – Do they work? Are they clean and clear? All lights should be checked out so that you can see where you are going and others can see you.
- BATTERY – Cold weather puts more strain on your battery, is it strong enough to start your car when the weather gets bad. Have your battery tested at any Jack Williams store for FREE.
- WIPERS – Snow, sleet, freezing rain can make it hard to see if your wipers are bad. This is a good time of year to get them replaced – consider putting WINTER wipers on your vehicle (if available).
The ‘Right Way’ Winter Driving Checklist
- LEAVE ROOM – Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you than in normal conditions.
- WATCH YOUR SPEED – Do everything slowly – brake gently to avoid skidding – use a light touch when accelerating to maintain traction.
- LOOK & LIGHTS – Keep your headlights and ALL windows clean (not just your windshield).
- KNOW YOUR BRAKES – If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes – apply steady pressure. You may feel the brakes pulse, but that means the ABS is doing its job. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently to keep from locking up your wheels.
- KEEP CONTROL – Don’t use cruise control on icy, snowy or wet roads – under slick conditions you need to be in complete control. Your cruise control does not know when the roads are slippery.
- MAINTENANCE IS KEY – Keep your vehicle well maintained throughout the winter for safe performance.
Stay safe this winter.