Winter Safety


Today marks the official start of winter and we’ve already gotten a taste of what’s to come.  Winds at a high and temps got pretty low.  It was possibly the first time this year that it actually felt like winter.  However, weather in St. Louis can be VERY unpredictable (as we know) and the little bit of snow we’ve gotten so far COULD be all we see.  In either case, ensuring that your vehicle is weatherproof for the winter diminishes any worry no matter the weather conditions.  Here is a list of 6 important tips (in no particular order) to combat your car and yourself against the winter elements:

6. Tire Check – Making sure that all of your tires have the proper tread depth is essential, especially for areas that anticipate lots of snow and ice.  Any tires on your vehicle that appear worn unevenly or completely should be replaced.  Also, ensure tire pressure is accurate and tires are properly balanced.

5. Full Tank – Ensuring that you have a full gas tank is a great winter proofing tip.  You can never be too certain that a trip in your car is going to be “simple” or “quick”, especially in harsh weather conditions.  Delays due to weather can happen and making sure your vehicle is fully fueled eliminates the inconveniences of running out of gas.

4. Battery Life – You will hear this time and time again that you NEVER want to have a half-hearted battery in your vehicle when winter time comes.  Cold temperatures cause your car battery to work overtime and crank out more energy to power the vehicle.  You don’t want to take a chance of having your battery crap out on you. Your local Lou Fusz dealership offers battery testing, so stop by and make sure your battery survive the cold.

3. Coolant/Heating – While we’ve got the hood up, you also want to check that the antifreeze in your car is topped off.  It is recommended that a system flush is performed every two years and if possible before winter strikes.

*BONUS* – Also, make sure that your heating system is testing and working before winter comes. It’s already cold outside, no need to have cold air slapping you in the face inside your vehicle.

2. Exterior Lighting – Exterior lights on your vehicle should always be functional.  These lights include: headlights, tail lights, brake lighting and turn signal lights and even fog lights if you have them.  This is essential for the safety of you and others on the road so that your car is seen by them and theirs by you if vision is obstructed by rain, sleet and/or snow and ice.

1. The “Just In” Case – It is important to always have an emergency case of essential items on hand at all times during the winter.  No matter how new or advanced the vehicle, you always want to prepare for the worst and have backup items in the event that you or another traveler are stranded or stuck.  Some helpful items to include are: flashlights with extra batteries, jumper cables, blankets, coats/boots and other warm clothing, ice scraper/brush, and food items.  Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have a candle and matches to keep warm in case of power failure in cold weather.

Hopefully, this has served as a good guideline to follow to make sure that you and your car can survive whatever winter has in store.

See anything missing from the list? Leave a comment with your top cold weather tip.

Let’s make this winter and safe one!

Everyone have a VERY Merry Christmas!


Posted on December 21, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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