It’s that time of year again where the weather gets colder and changes rapidly. Henderson Ford, located on 810 Ridge Road, wants the community to prepare themselves ahead of time for travel - highlighting three safety tips:
1.) PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE AHEAD OF TIME
There are a lot of important features of your car that provide a safer ride in the bad weather, specifically: brakes, battery, wipers, tires, heat, and fluids. Before the colder weather is upon us, consider switching to winter tires which have better traction on the roads versus all season tires. Your windshield wipers can have an effect on your windshield and your visibility. They should be replaced every six months to a year. Plus, there are specific blade types for better performance in northern climates during the winter. Always look at your car’s fluids and double check if they are filled (oil, windshield wiper fluid, etc.) which will make a difference on how your car is running and how well you can see. Also, have your battery, brakes, and heat checked at a service center, dealership, or garage to make sure they are working properly.
2.) PREPARE YOURSELF AHEAD OF TIME
Now that your car is prepped, you need to take the time to equip your vehicle with extras initiatives. Take the time to fully charge your phone and bring a charger along. Also, have a map or printed directions in case you reach an area without GPS service. Wear warm and layered clothing and have it on hand in case of
a vehicle issues – coats, boots, blankets, socks, hats, and gloves. Add other safety equipment in your trunk like: flashlight, food, water, first-aid kit, jumper cables, and safety flares.
3.) CHECK THE WEATHER AHEAD OF TIME
Now that your vehicle is ready for driving in the colder conditions, ensure that the weather is safe for you and other passengers that may be in your vehicle. Take the time to check your route for road conditions and delay your trip if the weather is dangerous. Also, notify others of your trip with the estimated time of arrival and check in with them once you have reached your destination.