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Ways to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season

Illinois residents are no strangers to driving on winter roads. But every year you embark on the slippery, snow-covered roads, your vehicle probably faces wear and tear. If the wintry weather conditions weren’t enough to put you at risk, a vehicle that isn’t prepared for winter driving can be just as dangerous.

It’s in your hands as a vehicle owner to prepare your car for winter so that you can keep yourself and other drivers safe on icy roads. There are many things you can do to make this happen.

Check your tires

Bad tires usually mean bad news when you’re driving on winter roads. Snow plows can bring up loose chunks of road while clearing streets, creating potholes that could damage a low or worn tire in an instant. Always make sure that you check your tire pressure so that your tires don’t go flat.

Other times, your tires might not be equipped to handle snow. Have your tire tread-depth checked and get new tires or snow tires if you need them. Snow chains can also help regular tires gain traction on ice and snow.

Ensure your heating system works

Driving with a broken heater might be miserable, especially when the temperature drops below freezing. But it can also be dangerous. A car’s heating system usually affects other systems as well, like your vehicle’s blower fans and cooling system. If your heater or blowers don’t work, you may not be able to defrost your car, making it extremely hazardous to drive.

Make a winter emergency box

Sometimes, even when you’re prepared you can run into problems. Having a winter supply box in your vehicle can help you manage emergency situations should they happen.

You’ll benefit from having a number of items at your disposal in case of an emergency. Things to include might be:

  • Sand, kitty litter or gravel
  • Shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Extra gloves

Don’t drive on winter roads unprepared. Accidents are at an all-time-high during the wintertime, and equipping yourself and your vehicle for these cold months can help keep you and other drivers safe while travelling.

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