Outside of the mountains, Georgia is known for having fairly mild winters. Since most parts of the state do see snow and ice on occasion, however, drivers should be aware of winter driving hazards. To prevent unnecessarily endangering yourself or others on the road, you should also be familiar with automotive maintenance checks, parts, and accessories that can better prepare your car for winter driving.
Check Your Car’s Vitals
A visit to a trusted automotive repair expert is the best way to kick your car into gear for the winter. Schedule an inspection or tune-up to have your car’s engine, brakes, battery, radiator, and tires closely examined and serviced as necessary. Inform the mechanic that you want your car to be especially fit to handle the winter weather.
Measure Tire Tread Depth
Losing traction with the road is especially scary when ice is present. Check tire tread wear indicators or perform the penny test on the inner tread of your tires to gauge tread depth. If your tires do not have enough tread on them to get you through the winter, replace them. If you anticipate spending much time driving in ice or snow, opt for specially designed snow tires.
Test Lights, Heat, Defroster
A set of working head and tail lights, a recently serviced heater, and a functional defroster are almost as important as having a working battery and enough tire tread when it comes to winter driving. These features will help keep you safe and comfortable while driving in winter conditions.
Prepare Emergency Kit
Even after you winterize your tires and other car parts, you should still be prepared for winter driving emergencies. Keep plenty of bottled water, protein-rich snacks and other non-perishable food items, a cell phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, matches, blankets, extra clothes, and a first-aid kit in your car in case you break down or have to pull off the road and weather a storm in a rural area.
Follow these winter automotive preparation and maintenance tips, and your car should be in shape to handle the chill of the next few months. If you are looking to have your tires replaced, your suspension corrected, or your wheels aligned as part of a preseason automotive tune-up, call Dekalb Tire at (404) 252-9895.