Parker Towing would like to offer this handy guide to safe winter driving because winter driving doesn’t have to be dangerous or scary. It’s all about being adequately prepared for what may happen and knowing what to check before heading out in your vehicle. Ultimately, it can mean the difference between ending up stranded on the side of the road and safely arriving at your destination.
It’s a good idea to get yourself into the habit of checking many of the automotive items listed below whenever you head out driving, especially for a long road trip. However, during the winter it is even more important as what could be a rather minor annoyance in the summer can quickly turn into a major problem when there is snow and ice on the ground up in Colorado’s mountains. Even the fact that you may have to deal with car trouble when it is freezing cold is annoying enough.
Avoid ending up in an unpleasant situation by going through this quick and easy auto checklist before heading out on the road.
- Windshield wiper fluid: is there enough? Is it still liquid?
- Heater/Defroster: The heater is indispensable for comfort and the defroster for the windows.
- Wiper blade antifreeze: without it, you might have fluid, but it still doesn’t come out.
- Lights: all lights should always be in good working order.
- Fuel System and Full Tank of Gas: a no brainer. You should always have more gas than you think you will need.
- Ignition: you want a car that starts when you turn the key.
- Exhaust System: proper ventilation is important.
- Tire Tread: particularly important for the vehicle to be able to maneuver ice and snow effectively.
This second checklist is a good list of items to have on hand in case there is a roadside emergency. Being prepared for the worst will give you a huge advantage in a situation of urgency. Be sure you always have these items in your vehicle.
- Flare/Reflectors: use these to warn other drivers and to show that you need help.
- Snow shovel: or anything that can be utilized effectively to remove snow
- A battery or crank radio: in case you need to hear emergency broadcasts
- A sleeping bag or survival blanket
- Extra clothes: particularly things like a coat, hat, boots, gloves, etc.
- Those handy little hand warmers
- First Aid Kit
- At least a gallon of water and some non-perishable food
- Jumper cables
- Tire chains plus a tow strap
- Kitty litter that doesn’t clump or sand, for better traction
- Extra paper or cloth towels for cleaning
- You can even throw in a deck of cards or a board game in case of a long wait
If you have any questions about anything in this guide to safe winter driving checklist, feel free to call us here at Parker Towing. We are a family owned and operated business and we are dedicated to taking care of you and your family the way we would ours. And while we hope you won’t ever be in a situation where you need our services, we’re just a phone call away if you do.