How to Get Ready for Winter Weather Driving
Winter is Here Early; Be Prepared
Montana winters can hit us pretty hard. Or as this year is starting out – Montana falls can hit us pretty hard. The immediate forecast doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better!
So, it’s time to prep our vehicles for winter, even though we still have more than 6 weeks until we get to the official start. Break out the driving gloves, don the driving hat, and give your vehicle the once over (or twice wouldn’t hurt) to ensure that you’re not going to be calling us for auto body repairs!
Go Over Your Vehicle
Before heading out into the snow filled world, you want to make sure that your vehicle is up to the task.
- Check your anti-freeze levels. Coolant helps to keep the vehicle cool during the summer, and run properly in the winter. Most vehicles won’t “run out” of antifreeze unless there is already a leak. Double check the levels especially if you will be out for a longer drive.
- Check your tire pressure. As the temperature goes down, the volume of air in your tires goes down.
- How’s your battery? If it is more than 4 years old, it could be reaching the end of its life.
- Swap your wiper fluid. Put in some with deicer capabilities so it won’t freeze until it is well below zero.
- Change your wiper blades. These things wear out quickly. And they’re a great investment to ensure that you aren’t left practically blind.
- Change your oil. Better yet, have your oil changed at a shop that does a full inspection and can let you know if anything else is about to fail.
Maintaining your vehicle will make it last a whole lot longer. But even more importantly, you don’t want to be stuck somewhere remote in the middle of winter, with no way of getting home.
Check Your Trunk’s Essentials
We have talked about essentials for your trunk before. It’s especially important to make sure you have what you need in the winter when the temperatures can be deadly. Here’s the quick list:
- Emergency Kit
- Snow Scraper
- Spare Tire and changing essentials
- Phone Charger
- Jumper Cables
Hit up our blog on the essentials to see more and to learn more about why you need to carry these items with you.
Keep Big Sky Collision Center in Mind
Most of us are good drivers. There are those few out there though that are careless or wreckless and cause problems for everyone else. Make sure you have our phone number programmed into your phone, and if you are in an accident, ask the tow truck driver to bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center for expert auto body repairs.