Change of SeasonsPosted on October 27th, 2014
Now is the time to winterize your car
By Nina Russin
Although autumn officially begins in late September, October is the time when most of us see the weather start to change dramatically. While we enjoy watching the leaves turn fiery red and gold, it’s also time to start thinking about how winter will affect our cars and our driving.
In a series of #eBay buying guides, I’ve gathered some information about the best way to winterize a vehicle as well as tips for driving safely on ice and snow.
“Five Ways To Winterize Your Car” focuses on mechanical issues that can lead to cold-weather breakdowns such as dead batteries, old coolant, bad belts and hoses.
“Ten Tips For Winter Driving” talks about driving techniques for snow-covered roads. Bridgestone’s winter driving school in Steamboat Springs, Colorado teaches students how to better maintain traction by understanding the principles of weight transfer. You may be surprised at what a big difference a few changes in your driving strategies can make, especially if you invest in a good set of snow tires.
Although a new set of winter tires might seem like a major investment, it is the best way to ensure that your car’s safety systems work properly on snow and ice-covered roads. Unlike all-season radials that are designed to work over a broad range of temperatures, winter tires are compounded to function best in cold temperatures. In addition, they remove the thin layer of water created when tires pass over a sheet of ice and push snow out of the way of the wheels, so the tires maintain good contact patches with the road.
Get your car ready for winter now and you’ll have a better chance of making it through the season without a breakdown.
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