BERGER’S BEST PRACTICES FOR WINTER DRIVING
As the snowy days become a bit more frequent, it’s important to put a conscious effort into driving safely! It’s no secret that as the roads become snowy and icy, accidents become more prevalent. That’s why we put together some tips for driving extra safe this winter.
1. Make sure you have at least a half tank of gas
There are many reasons why keeping your gas at a good level is beneficial in the winter months. The first reason is, well, science! Whenever a warm surface is met with cold water vapor the result is condensation. If your gas level is low, these frosty conditions could affect the inside walls of your gas tank or cause your fuel lines to freeze. More long term, it could cause engine corrosion or tank corrosion.
The second reason is simply for your safety. With harsher driving conditions, running out of gas while out on the road could be dangerous for not only you, but for other drivers as well.
2. Fill up Windshield Wiper Fluid
The season of salt has arrived, and I don’t mean the seasoning. In the winter months, salty/slushy roads are often a norm. This means that ice and slush are also picked up by the wheels of other drivers and end up on your windshield. Having wiper fluid helps keep your windshield clear so that you do not have an obstructed view.
3. Keep an emergency roadside assistant kit on hand
You never know when an emergency will take place OR what kind of emergency it will be. It’s important to be prepared with emergency flares, cones, gloves, jumper cables, flashlights, and tools, in case you get stranded.
4. Get New Wiper Blades
The last thing you need while driving in harsh weather conditions is for your wiper blades to fail you. When your wiper blades age, they tend to not make as direct of contact with your windshield causing them to work less efficiently. That’s why General Motors recommends changing your wiper blades once a year!
5. Check your tire pressure
As the temperature decreases, so does your tire pressure! Checking your tire pressure periodically in the winter months will help ensure your vehicles safety. Here at Berger, we’ll set your tire pressure for free in our Quick Service Lanes!
6. Test your battery
Dead Batteries are not fun or convenient. Often a dead battery can happen unexpectedly. That’s why at Berger, we’ll test your battery for free so you can be sure you’ll get to where you need to go safely.
7. Check your spare tire
Double checking your spare tire in these winter months is a must! Especially if it’s gone unused/unseen for a long time. In case of an emergency, you want your spare tire to be able to get you where you need to go. Looking for signs of cracking, or performing the penny test (learn how here) will help you know if you need to replace your spare!
8. Drive safely!
This may sound like a given but being extra cautious on winter roads can also help prevent an accident. Accelerating and decelerating slowly will prevent your vehicle from slipping or sliding.
Wherever you may be traveling this season, we hope you’ll take our advice into consideration. Here at Berger, we’re here for you! Visit our Service Center to get your vehicle prepper for winter today! Schedule an appointment here or drive through our Quick Service Lanes.