Driving in winter weather – snow, ice, wet and cold – creates a great challenge for vehicles and drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair reduces your overall chances for any mishap or disaster while driving – particularly in winter weather.
Battery – recharge or replace if the battery is weak. Also have the charging system checked.
Ignition – check for damaged ignition wires and cracks in the distributor cap.
Lights – check all lights (headlights, side lights, emergency flashers, directional lights, taillights, brake lights and parking lights) for proper functioning.
Check brakes and adjust to ensure equal braking.
The traction between tires and roadway determines how well a vehicle rides, turns and stops, and is crucial for safe driving in winter. Proper tire selection is very important.
Use all-season radial tires only in areas that receive only light snowfall.
Use snow tires in areas that receive heavy snowfall.
Ensure that windshield wipers function efficiently. Replace them if they are old or worn.
Fill the washer container with an antifreeze fluid and top it up frequently.
Fill up the fuel tank before you leave on your trip.
Do not let the fuel level get too low – the driving time to the next gas station may take much longer than you ever expected, and if you get stuck, the car engine will be your only source of heat.