With the winter months coming, New Jersey drivers need to begin preparing their vehicles. According to the Federal Highway Commission, 1,300 people die yearly from winter conditions.
Continue reading to learn more about winterizing your car. A few simple steps might make the difference in avoiding an accident this winter.
Check tire pressure
It is very easy to check your tire pressure. You should measure the pressure in your tires at least once per month, but this becomes even more important in the winter. Even a quick eye test might reveal that your tire pressure dropped due to the cold weather. Find a free air pump nearby and fill up your tires.
Check tire treads
Speaking of tires, a good tread on your tires will help with traction in snowy conditions. The classic penny test is an excellent way to check your tire’s tread. If you put the penny into the track and see Lincoln’s entire head, you need to replace your tires.
Get an oil change
Fresh oil and antifreeze are essential to winter driving. Take your vehicle to a quick oil change provider before the first significant drop in temperature. They might also be able to rotate your tires in preparation for the wear and tear of winter conditions.
Inspect the battery
Batteries suffer in cold weather. If your battery is around five years old, consider replacing the battery before the freezing weather begins.
The tips described above are only the basics of winter preparation. The older your car gets, the more critical it is to get regular maintenance during the winter months.