AAA offers tips to prepare you and your vehicle for driving on ice and snow
BELLEVUE, Wash. — As forecasts around much of Washington and North Idaho predict frost, flurries and even heavy snow in the next few days, AAA reminds drivers how to prepare for what could be a long season of winter driving.
Now is the perfect time for you or a trusted auto technician to run through the Winter Car Care Checklist to help you prevent some of the most common breakdowns AAA handles during cold weather months.
- ✓ Battery & Charging System
- To start in the winter, vehicle engines require a fully charged battery in good condition. Test your vehicle’s battery strength; make sure terminals and cable ends are corrosion-free with tight connections.
- Many vehicles have been driven less during the pandemic. If your vehicle hasn’t been driven in a while, you may encounter battery issues. Be sure to check it well before you need to use your vehicle.
- ✓ Inspect drive belts and engine hoses for cracks, leaks or loose clamps.
- ✓ Tires: Type, Tread & Pressure
- In areas with heavy winter weather, snow tires on all four wheels provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth.
- Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread.
- Regularly check the pressure on all four tires. Pressures drop with temperatures. The proper levels are in the owner’s manual or listed on a sticker typically found on the driver’s side door jam.
- ✓ Check engine air filter. It may need replacing after summer’s smoky skies.
✓ Top off all fluids: antifreeze, transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer.
✓ Replace windshield wiper blades.
✓ Make sure headlights, brake lights and turn signals are working. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
✓ Test brakes to ensure all components are in good working order.
✓ Carry an emergency road kit specifically equipped for winter weather.
AAA has all your winter driving resources in one place www.aaa.com/winter, including what items to pack in that emergency road kit, tips for driving on ice and snow, advice on what to do during a break down.