With modern computer controlled fuel injection and 21st-century oil formulations, your car is not as affected by the drop in temperature like it once was. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t changes that have to be made to optimize your car for winter driving. Follow our short list and you will be much better prepared for cold, rain, snow, ice, and the longer nights that come with the winter months.
- Winter Tires - If you live in the snow belt you don’t need us to tell you to get snow tires, or maybe you do? Proper snow tires make a big difference in stopping distances and may be the only thing separating making it home from sliding off into a ditch. Traction control and anti-lock brakes can only do so much, even with fresh all-season tires. There is a much more detailed explanation here.
- Tires Part 2 - If you don’t expect snow, chances are there will still be rain and cold to contend with. Tire pressure will go down as the temperature does, so this is a good time to make sure they are properly inflated to the number printed in your car’s manual or on the door jamb sticker. An underinflated tire is more likely to hydroplane over a puddle and cause a loss of control. Since you should rotate your tires every six months, now is a great time to do that as well.