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Winter driving tips

By Staff | Jan 22, 2016

As winter weather approaches, there are a few things drivers can do to prepare to face the elements.

Replace all-season tires with winter tires: When one can see their breath, it’s time to switch. Even though there isn’t snow on the ground yet, temperatures lower than 45 degrees cause all-season tires to stiffen and lost traction. The latest generations of winter tires remain flexible in freezing temperatures, improving traction and available grip.

Don’t forget the filters: Oil, fuel, transmission and air filters are important to keep an engine running well. Check the owner’s manual to see how often they should be changed.

Check your tire pressure monthly: For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Monitor tire pressure more closely during the winter time.

Inspect your battery: A dead battery is an annoyance in the summer, but it can be life threatening in the cold. Even new batteries can lose as much as 40 percent of their current (cold cranking ability) in cold weather.