Tips to prepare the car for winter

Dec 20, 2010

Putting tire chains on a vehicle may help a motorist handle a slippery road more efficiently.

When roads become covered in snow and ice, it makes sense to be cautious and have a vehicle that is prepared to get through a winter storm. Edmunds.com, an online resource for automotive information, has released a report of tips for car owners to use for their automobiles.

Preparing a vehicle with snow tires is a necessary step, as the report notes they have increased tread which will add extra traction on a slippery surface. Due to low temperatures reducing the amount of air in a tire, gauging the pressure periodically during the winter will help the wheels perform at their highest level.

Inspecting the windshield wipers may be crucial in case of a build-up of snow, salt or sand. Monitoring the charge left in a car battery is essential because extremely cold temperatures can cut battery power by up to 50 percent, according to the report.

There were a total of 15,836 fatal car accidents between the months of January and March and October and December in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. People who risk their lives driving in a winter storm may want to have life insurance so their family is financially supported in case something tragic happens.
 

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