From the bitter cold temperatures to the slippery streets to the dirt and debris that prevents us from keeping our vehicles clean, it’s not hard to see why we long for the return of warm weather each year.
There are a number of steps you should take to stay safe on the road and to keep winter stress levels to a minimum.
Here are some valued secrets residents in cold climates use when the weather takes a turn for the worst!
1. Windshield wiper blade care
Unless you park your vehicle in a heated garage, there’s always the possibility that its wiper blades will become stuck to the windshield when the temperature plummets below the freezing point. In addition to forcing you to wait longer before you can drive, frozen blades are more susceptible to tearing.
Their delicate rubber lining can easily rip if pulled away from the glass…and that’s definitely no way to start your morning.
There are two easy ways to eliminate one of the potential headaches too many car owners face every winter. One solution is to leave the wiper blades up at night. Another option is to simply cover them up with an old pair of socks (yes, really). This quick trick ensures adequate insulation and will prevent them getting covered in snow and ice.
2. Tire pressure maintenance
As a result of shifts in temperatures, your car’s tires have likely deflated a bit since fall. You should check your tire pressure regularly, especially during the winter months. Ensure your tires are inflated to the vehicle maker’s recommended PSI level.
With reduced PSI comes worse traction, and thus increased driving hazards. As a general rule of thumb, tire pressure drops roughly 1 pound per square inch when the temperature dips below the 10 degree mark, so keep a tire gauge in your car at all times.
3. Get quality snow tires
It’s wise to invest in a quality set of snow tires. The tread pattern on these specialty tires are designed to expel snow and ice buildup, which helps keep you from sliding.
The rubber used in these tires is meant to stay soft in freezing temperatures, making them more malleable and adaptable to changing road conditions.
These tips will lessen the likelihood that you’ll experience any major driving-related problems during the winter.
Another way to take care of your vehicles during the winter is to park them in your garage. If you need help getting your garage organized and more functional, we can help. Schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living.