3 Car Checks to Make Winter Traveling Smoother

It is common to hear in the news about car breakdowns or travelers getting stuck on highways due to heavy snowfall. When winter is likely to remain for several days, it is essential for a traveler’s car to not only be in proper working condition but also get equipped with a strong protective cover against bad weather.

Most repair service providers will agree that the risk of a breakdown doubles during the cold winter months. Still, this doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones who have the keys to the solution. Car owners can do this work on their own!

Every car owner can perform a few simple checks before hitting the road. The checks may take a couple minutes but can spare you of a lot of trouble later on. So, with no further ado, here they are!

Check the Lights

Checking the lights goes without saying. It’s essential to ensure that all the car lights are working properly. When the winter comes, the days get shorter, not to mention that snow, rain, or even fog can have a horrible effect on the visibility. Apart from checking whether they work properly, it’s also wise to check how clean they are.

But, it’s not just the car lights that need checking. The drivers are also advised to bring a flashlight with them on every trip during winter. In case of an emergency, a bright flashlight can be a real lifesaver. It can be used to alarm passing vehicles about the emergency.

Checking the Tires

The tires need to be sturdy enough to face the cold weather. For that purpose, the car owners should consider buying special winter tires or tires with snow chains. Such tires ensure an exceptional grip as well as traction on a snowy road.

They also perform better than their summer counterparts when driving over a wet surface. Unfortunately, they are not very cheap, but they’re worth every cent! The fact that they’re mandatory in some European regions shows how important they are.

Alternatively, you can use space-saving snow socks. Just put them over the tires for additional traction and grip. The grip they provide is good enough to remove a stuck car or move to the peak of a slippery hill.

Those who would prefer not to invest in a new set of tires should at least check the existing tires’ tread depth. It should be 1.6 mm (legally endorsed). If the depth is above this limit, everything’s fine. But, if it’s below, they need to be replaced. It’s also important to inspect the tire pressure, as it can change as soon as the air temperature drops.

Check Survival Kit

It is extremely important to check whether the survival kit has all essentials such as portable charger, road flares, blankets, medical aid, kit, shovel, additional lights and batteries, water, and food. These items should be stocked in sufficient quantities before you leave

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.