With the first official day of winter just around the corner (December 22 to be exact) we wanted to pass along some tips from our friends at State Farm, sponsors of many of our Drivers’ Safety Academy programs!
Be sure your vehicle is ready for the rigors of winter!
Check the condition of your windshield wiper blades.
Most blades are recommended for replacement at one year or less.
Use a winter windshield washer fluid.
It should be rated not to freeze at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (if you are traveling in an area subject to freezing). In areas of extreme cold use washer fluid with a freeze point of -25 degrees F to -35 degrees F.
Check the vehicle’s exterior lights / lamps.
Visibility is generally reduced during winter weather and there are fewer daylight hours. Make sure they are working.
Clear all windows, headlamps, tail lamps and signal lamps of frost, ice and snow.
See and be seen in winter weather.
Check all vital fluids.
Engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant/antifreeze, and brake fluid need to be within their normal operating range.
Check tire inflation.
As temperatures fall, tire air pressure can drop by as much as 1 psi (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees the temperature falls.