It’s that time again, here are some tips on winter driving
With the first snow of the season on deck, here some trips on winter driving from the AAA
- Battery and Charging System: Check your battery and charging system. It’s best to have a fully charged battery in good condition for cold weather. A car battery will last three to five years, but your driving habits can increase or decrease the lifespan. Contact a trained professional to test the battery.
- Tire Pressure: Cold temperatures can effect tire pressure. The recommended tire pressure for your car can be found in the owners manual or on a sticker on the door jamb. When temperatures drop, so will tire pressures – typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees.
- Check Antifreeze: You can get a test for the antifreeze protection level with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store. Always check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, you should add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
- Washer Fluid: Always fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
- Roadside Assistance: AAA members can call for a roadside rescue at 1-800-AAA-HELP. Check the expiration date on your AAA card to ensure your membership is valid.