The holidays are upon us and winter weather will be upon us sooner than you think. There are some things that you need to remember and do when preparing for winter driving weather. DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Temecula wants to make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle when it comes to taking it out in winter weather no matter where you live.
First off, you will need to prepare your vehicle for that cooler weather in the first place. There are some questions that you will need to ask and some parts of your vehicle that you will need to check. Your windshield wipers are a definite that you need to question whether they need to be replaced or not.
The next thing that you will need to question is whether your fluid levels are where they need to be. Your tires also need to have some good tread on them left in case you run into parts of the road where you will need some extra grip. Wet and snowy roads are nothing to play with when it comes to traveling safely in winter weather. Your radiator and also your cooling systems will need to be checked out as well to make sure that they are in good working order.
Probably should be a no brainer, but I am going to point it out anyway. Your car should have an emergency kit. You never know when you could run into a situation that could leave you stranded or needing some help. Winter weather can be no joke and something can happen in a heartbeat that you may not have expected.
In your emergency kit you should have the following items: jumper cables, blankets, a first-aid kit, flares, food and water, a flashlight and other safety gear. Also, you may find yourself stuck and so making sure that you are able to get yourself out without having to call for assistance is important. A good idea to have is a shovel and some cat litter/sand to be able to provide some traction in case you get stuck in snow and/or ice.
Holiday driving also leads to holiday traffic so make sure that you know where you are going and also plan alternate routes in case you run into snags along the way when it comes to traffic. Letting someone know when you are leaving and when you are to arrive to your destinations during the holidays is also a great idea. You never know what may be coming your way as far as weather or traffic conditions, so it is nice to know that someone is aware of your agenda.
If for some reason you become delayed due to something unforeseen such as weather, have someone in your vehicle let someone know of the delay. If you are driving solo, wait for an appropriate time to make that phone call or text. Weather conditions can change as you drive especially if it is a long distance. Taking it slow along the way is the best way to go.
I hope that you have a great holiday season this year with your family and friends, but getting to your destination safely is of number one concern. Hopefully these tips of being prepared for anything and also letting your family/friends know when you should arrive will be helpful for you to make it the best it can be.