Consumer Watch: Winter car care preparations

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –The time to think about preparing your car for driving in winter weather is before the snow starts piling up.

According to AAA, there are some simple things drivers can do to get their car ready.

Consider winter wiper blades wrapped in rubber to reduce buildup of ice and snow on the glass.

Inspect the tread on tires and keep them properly inflated. As temperatures begin to drop, so will the pressure inside your tires.

Your emergency road kit should be updated for the winter months with items like:

•    BLANKETS
•    EXTRA GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES
•    ICE SCRAPER AND BRUSH
•    A BAG OF ABRASIVE MATERIAL LIKE SAND OR SALT


When snow and ice start to cover the roadways, make sure your gas tank stays at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-ups.

Don’t use cruise control on slick surfaces, avoid tailgating to allow for extra braking distance and if you do feel wheels slipping, don’t slam on those brakes. Continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go.

Some year-round rules of the road are even more crucial in slick, wintry conditions – like avoiding driving while fatigues and always buckling your seatbelt.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like for us to look into, send an email to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

 

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