We have officially entered the Winter month starting on the 1st of December, we all look forward to a white Christmas with snow all around to bring us that extra joy in the Christmas season. But do you know how to prepare your motor for a Winter storm? Today we asked questions to the product training director, Richard Reina from CARiD.com to provide everyone the best advice and tips to help you stay safe if a Winter storm is set to take place.
Preparing your vehicle and purchasing the correct equipment is essential, especially to keep you and your fellow road users safe. Having the correct equipment on hand can make your driving experience easier and safer if a Winter storm is coming to your area near to the Christmas period.
What do you believe are the best methods to prepare your personal vehicle if a Winter snowstorm is set to hit your area or region?
"”When preparing your vehicle before the storm is set to take place, the owners should replace all tyres and install a set of four Winter tyres. A fresh new set of windscreen wipers is also highly recommended and equally important. Drivers should also have handy a windshield and window washer reservoir with 100% solution (not diluted). Before the storm, it also recommended to carry an ice scraper, blanket and cell phone charger. Non-perishable food and snacks should also be available and kept in the vehicle in case of major road delays or highway closures.”"
In some areas across the country the temperature can drop below freezing which can cause the car battery to lose its strength. Once the temperature drops below zero degrees the battery can lose almost 60% of its strength as the chemical reaction which sends power signals to the terminal can slow down and weaken the battery.
What is the most effective and efficient way to save your car battery when starting your vehicle on a freezing cold Winter Day?
"”Purchasing a battery blanket can help boost the starting power in cold weather and low temperatures, this can also extend the life of your battery. Parking your vehicle in a garage overnight can also keep your battery from freezing, if you do not have access to a garage, I would advise in plugging in the battery blanket which can make a huge difference.Depending on your vehicle’s age and the age your battery, it is recommended to take your battery to the local car repair shop to have it tested before the season arrives. If the car battery is ”marginal” or about to fail, then replace it as soon as possible. Whether the battery is replaced or not, make sure the terminals are clean and tight in order for the battery to reach the starter.”"
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to purchase supplies that can help before a snowstorm is set to hit the region. But there are other ways too which are free and paramount to your safety and the safety of the other road users. These tips are definitely important and should be used in case of an emergency.
What are your best safety tips for those driving in icy conditions? What is the best action to take in case of an emergency when the road conditions are highly dangerous?
"”The first and most important tip is to remove all the snow from your vehicle before you depart on your journey. The snow must be removed from the roof and all glass areas, not just the front windshield.Keeping your speed below the road limit and not pushing your vehicle where you feel you are losing traction and control is also highly important. Drivers should also be well aware of the other vehicles on the road and should increase the following distance from behind in case the vehicle in front decides to stop suddenly. Most modern vehicles have ABS (anti-lock braking systems), so there is no need to pump the brake pedal. If your vehicle starts to skid, then turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid in order to regain control of the vehicle.”"
Driving in icy conditions can play a factor for major accidents, only travel in this weather when it is essential. Wearing your seatbelt, having the correct tyres and knowledge of the basic essentials should be something every driver should have. Drive safely.