The winter season is almost here. Oh yes, it’s that time of the year when we are left with no choice but submit to unfavorable, at times, impossible driving conditions.
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Visit the mechanic
Give your car a trip to the mechanic for checkup. Ensure that you have sufficient anti-freeze, that the brakes are working, that the lights are operational, that your coolant system is well-maintained, etc. Your mechanic should be able to give you recommendations from changing oil to getting snow tires and winter wiper blades. If you plan on storing your car, be sure you have car cover.
Unpredictable conditions call for a higher level of preparedness. Be sure your gas tank is filled half full at a minimum as it makes your car easier to start during chilly mornings. For emergency purposes, it certainly wouldn’t be too much if you have the following: ice scraper or shovel, jumper cables, flashlight, waterproof/strike anywhere matches, and a first-aid kit. Be sure, too, that your cellphone is fully charged whenever you go for a drive.
Turn on the radio for news before you leave the house and while driving. Never neglect warnings. It would be good to let someone know the route you’re taking in case you get stranded. Drive smart, avoid abrupt changes in direction or speed, and always turn on your lights when driving through rain or snow.
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As we all know, the winter season presents irregular demands on vehicles so readiness is imperative. It’s critical enough for golf carts, what more for cars.