Charleston, SC, December 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Thankfully, here in Charleston, South Carolina people do not have to worry too much about snow or ice. However, cooler weather can still do some damage to your vehicle, and with several people traveling over the holidays, Mama’s Used Cars (mamasusedcars.com) is offering some winter driving tips to local residents.
First, make sure you have the basic tools necessary for winter driving. Keep an ice scraper, extra clothes like hats and gloves, a flashlight and warning flares in your vehicle. Also, keep jumper cables, a small shovel, nonperishable food and water, and blankets available. These items come in handy not only if you get stranded but to help other stranded motorists as well.
Next, check your car’s fluids – antifreeze, oil, windshield wiper and transmission, just to name a few. Taking your vehicle into a local service department will ensure the fluids are at proper levels. Another tank to keep full is the gas tank. In cold weather, gas can freeze. Keeping your gas tank full not only prevents freezing but it prepares you in case of unexpected breakdowns, emergencies or slow traffic on the highway.
Third, check that your used car is prepared for the journey. Look at your wiper blades and replace them if they look worn or torn. Check your battery and charging system to make sure it is working properly. Replace it if it is not working. Examine your car from front to back and top to bottom. Remove ice buildup behind the tires and look for rusted parts. If anything looks loose, be sure to fasten it down.
While you are walking around your vehicle, look at the tires and brakes. Use a gauge to make sure the tires are properly inflated, and check the brakes to ensure the car will stop in time if something blows in front of your vehicle. If the tires look worn or cracked, replace them. Investing in winter tires is never a bad idea. The special tread increases traction and prevents skidding on ice and snow.
Then check that all systems are functioning properly – heating, cooling and exhaust. You do not want to be stuck on the side of the road in freezing weather without a properly working heater. Finally, examine headlights and brake lights to make sure they are working and bright enough. Not only do good lights help you see the road, they help other motorists see you.