Here in New York, the temperature is dropping, which will quickly lead to icy roads and snowy days. Whether you have lived near Queensbury for years, or you are new to the city or state, there are several protocols to follow when preparing your vehicle for the brutal, New York winter. Winterize your ride with these tips!
Check the Battery
When the temperature decreases, so does your battery’s power. Whether your ride struggles to start sometimes or it never skips a beat, be sure to have your battery tested soon.
The cold weather doesn’t necessarily hurt your brakes, but when you are driving on rough road conditions, you definitely need reliable brakes for when the going gets tough. Get these guys checked out so they can fully perform when you are in need.
Change Out Your Windshield Wipers
Your typical windshield wipers are not meant for year round driving, especially in New York. Winter wipers are engineered with durable rubber to wipe away the heavy rain, grime, or snow that winter may bring.
Watch Your Washer Fluid
When’s the last time you refreshed your washer fluid? When you are driving in a snow storm, the condensation will wipe it out quick, so make sure you keep a bottle on hand for replenishing.
Watch Your Gas Tank
Not only does a full tank of gas reduce condensation, but it also keeps you out of bind when you could get stranded. You never want to find yourself asking Siri “Where is the nearest, walking distance gas station?”
Winter Safety Kit
Being on the road during the winter means you never know what will come your way, which is why it’s important to pack a winter safety kit with the following items:
- First aid kit
- Flashlight (Don’t forget the batteries!)
- Ice Scraper
- Non-perishable foods
- Bottled water
- Jumper cables
- Warm clothing (heavy jackets, mittens, hats, socks, boots, ect.)
- Cell phone
- Cell phone car charger
- Car tool kit
- Bag of sand
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Practice Safe Driving
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the winter roads is by simply practicing safe driving. Find out how fast to drive, what gear to drive in for snow conditions, what to do when you are sliding, and how to drive up or downhill by reading this guide to driving in snow and ice!
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