It’s no secret that winter is coming, and driving in the winter can be a real bear. Making sure you’re properly prepared to drive in cold weather can be a game-changer! Here are a few tips to keep you and your passengers a little safer, as you drive through winter weather.
Utilize an OBD2 monitor
If you aren’t using an OBD2 Monitor on your car, you need to get one. OBD2 monitors install easily, and they hook right to an app on your phone. They monitor issues with your car that you might not even know are issues yet. This can be especially important in the winter when driving conditions can be super dangerous, even without car issues.
Install a tire safety monitor
You probably don’t think much about your tire pressure, but when temperatures outside fluctuate, from warm to very cold, you might see some issues with air pressure in your tires. You may have seen the tire pressure light pop up on your dash, which can be distressing. Is it a leak, a tire going flat, or just needing a little more air in your tires because the temperature changed?
No matter what the issue, a tire safety monitor can help you get better insights. It installs quickly in just a few minutes, hooks right to your phone, and if gives you real-time alerts. So, if you start noticing something isn’t quite right, simply pull over, and look at the app on your phone for more information.
Make sure you have good tires
It’s essential to make sure you get your tires checked and rotated often. If your tires are balding when snow or colder weather hits, you’ll be sliding around like crazy. So, don’t end up in a dangerous situation because of something preventable. Consider getting a new set of tires if it’s been a while since you got new tires.
Always keep half a tank of gas
If you live somewhere where it’s colder, it’s always a good rule of thumb to keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. It’s better for your car if temperatures get low, and if you end up in an emergency situation, you won’t have the added problem of running out of gas quickly.
Carry an emergency kit
Always make sure to carry an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Having a small shovel, first aid kit, jumper cables, and basic tools are all great parts to an emergency kit. It can also be great to have extra water, protein bars, and warm jackets and blankets for anyone who regularly rides in your car. That way, if your car becomes disabled, you and your passengers won’t be as cold and hungry as you repair your car or wait for help.
Don't let winter catch you unprepared, and make sure you have the essentials. It’s better to be safe than sorry.