As we move further into the fall months, it’s time to start thinking about cold weather car preparation. One often neglected aspect of this seasonal change is that people frequently don’t prepare their vehicles for the colder months. Here is how to prepare your car for the winter.
Clean and Wax
To protect your car against the inevitable salt barrage that comes with snow, clean your vehicle thoroughly. This means washing the entire exterior and undercarriage before finishing it with a wax job. This will help prevent the salt from eating away at your paint.
Fill With Supplies
While a majority of people make it through winter without an incident, it’s important to be prepared just in case. Put emergency supplies in an accessible part of your vehicle. This could be things like a warm blanket, food and snacks, emergency flares, an extra phone for emergency calls, and anything else you may be able to use in an emergency. This is often the difference between life and death in a winter accident.
There are special winter tires that many vehicle manufacturers recommend investing in. You may think your all-season tires will cut it but they don’t have the traction and reliability of a tire made for the icy winds of the season.
There are a lot of great things about the winter, but it’s important to be prepared for all scenarios. By following these two simple steps, you will avoid a lot of winter headaches.
Can’t Wait For This!
Beating the winter doldrums isn’t easy. When the snow goes from pure white to slushy brown, the cold settles in bone-deep, it’s dark when you leave for work and when you come back home, it’s easy to sink into a slump. Luckily, there are a few ways to combat this battery of bad feelings and keep your spirits high until springtime.
First things first, this melancholy is called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD for short), and it’s a real thing that stems from a lack of sunlight thanks to winter’s shorter days. But, how do you go about beating the winter doldrums, this SADness? If you’re really feeling it, you can invest in a “sunbox,” or a fluorescent light that mimics sunlight. Sitting in front of the sunbox for 30 minutes in the morning or during breakfast can go a long way in boosting your energy throughout the rest of your day.
Keeping active is also a great way to keep your spirits up during the winter season, and not just so you can feel good about sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Exercise is an excellent natural antidepressant, and that’s true during any season.
Remember; if you’re experiencing intense feelings of sadness, you should seek professional help (don’t get all your emotional advice from your car dealership’s blog, as well-meaning as it may be).
Now that December is gone, winter weather could come any day. Before the snow gets knee or waist deep, read through these winter weather driving tips to help you stay on the road.
- Consider snow tires. If you frequently have issues in the winter tackling icy roads, consider switching out your tires for snow tires. These tires are specifically designed to cut through snowy, slushy roads to give you more traction. You also need to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Get enough sleep. Avoid driving in heavy winter weather if you’re overly tired. Driving while tired is always dangerous, but this danger increases even more when the weather is treacherous.
- Do not use cruise control. If the roads are slippery, using cruise control can actually make you lose control of your vehicle since it is trying to maintain a specific speed.
- Look where you want to go. If your car starts to slip or spin, look and steer in the direction you want to go.
- Keep your tank full. To avoid a frozen gas line, try to keep your tank at least half full. This will be extra handy if you do happen to get stuck in the snow since you’ll be able to periodically run the engine to keep yourself warm.
- Leave more room. Stopping takes longer when the roads are slick. Leave more space between you and the car in front of you in case you need to stop.
What tips would you share for making it through the upcoming winter ahead of us?
Roads clear of snow and ice are ideal for the safety of Chicago drivers, but many say the city has gone overboard with the recent ban on street parking. In the wee hours of December 1st, a city-wide ban on overnight street parking went into effect, causing hundreds of residents to scramble outside in an effort to avoid the disappearance of their cars.
Vehicles left out on the street past 3am were eligible to be towed away by the city. In all, nearly 240 cars were towed the first night that the ban went into effect. Parking tickets were also issued to violators and, coupled with towing fees, drivers could pay more than $210 to get squared away with the city.
The winter overnight parking ban was put into place so snow plows will be able to effectively clear the city streets of ice and snow. The ban affects priority arterial routes within the city.
However, many Chicago drivers are calling foul, as there was no snow or ice in sight—not even a predicted storm—when their cars were towed.
“It’s pretty stupid. Especially like, I get it sometimes. In the snow, they need to clear the roads. But there’s no snow,” a Chicago native, Jean Kalisky, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Some residents even believed their cars to be stolen, only to find out that the city had carried them off to make way for snow plows that weren’t coming.
Here at Paul Sur Buick GMC, we hope that you stay safe on the roads this winter. What do you think of the Chicago winter overnight parking ban? To avoid getting a ticket and a tow this winter, check out this handy map of all of the streets where the ban with remain in effect until March 31st.