Car Care Winter Blog - Be Safe!

Winter driving conditions in Knoxville, TN can be uncertain due to factors such as snow and ice developing on roads, especially untreated back roads. Tennessee weather is far from predictable. While it’s important that you’re prepared for East Tennessee winter driving, it is also important that your vehicle is up for the challenge as well.

Winterizing your car is one of the most important steps in preserving its over all health and longevity. New car drivers as well as used car drivers should all be prepared for the unexcepted conditions that can arise. Snow, sleet, ice and even heavy rain can put drivers in dangerous situations.

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1. Get Your Car Serviced Before The Winter

This includes checking the battery, brakes, and heating system. This is to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter and is not going to break down on you due to the temperature change. Also make sure antifreeze is filled to the appropriate level.

2. Check the Tire Pressure

The tires are going to be dealing with ice and snow throughout the winter.

This means you are going to want to ensure they have enough grip and there’s ample air inside them. If not, the tire might burst as soon as you begin to drive on a slippery or snow-heavy surface.

Take the time to look into the tire pressure and ensure it is at an optimal level. This should happen multiple times during the year to ensure the tires don’t let you down.

3. Install Winter Wipers

It is always important to look into the type of wipers you are using during the winter.

The average set of older wipers will not get the job done. They are going to freeze and break as soon as the temperature drops. New wipers can make all the difference in your travel.

This is why installing winter-friendly wipers is the way to go. You are going to alleviate all of the stress that is put on the wipers when it starts to snow or the windshield freezes.

4. Pack an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can make all the difference in a life or death situation.

The best plan is to have a list of supplies that will keep you safe if you were to ever get stuck in a snowstorm or on the side of the road. A few simple items planned accordingly can make all the difference for you and your passengers.

The winter safety kit should include extra anti-freeze, non-perishable food items, jumper cables (dead batteries are no laughing matter in extreme weather), a first aid kit, and warm clothing, flashlight, flares, ice scraper, small shovel, and water. *Always make sure your phone is adequately charged if you must travel in dangerous conditions.

Final Thoughts

Winterizing your vehicle is one of the best things a person can do for safety. When correctly prepared, you can enjoy driving in your winter wonderland!

These are simple maintenance changes that will go a long way in keeping the vehicle in working condition. We hope this car car blog keeps you and your loved ones prepared and safe.

From all of us on the Parker Auto Sales team... be safe out there! Happy driving! Thank you for your years of support, we are a proud member of the Knoxville community.