We all know it is important that you have good habits when driving in snowy conditions. Let your engine heat up before driving, avoid speeding, know how to safely make turns, and increase your follow distance from the cars in front of you. Practice towing objects in optimal conditions before attempting anything similar on the ice.
There are a few things, however, that people always seem to forget. We are going to go over three things winter drivers always fail to check before making those snowy road trips.
1. Know what Engine Antifreeze to Use
In freezing temperatures it’s important you use the correct engine antifreeze. Failure to do so can lead to your engine freezing and completely shutting down. This can be extremely dangerous under many circumstances. You should always consult the owner’s manual for the recommended mix to deal with below freezing temperatures. Usually about a 50/50 mix of distilled water to antifreeze is used to prevent both freezing and boiling over.
Make sure your wiper fluid also has some antifreeze in it to avoid visibility issues while on the road.
2. Make Sure you Have the Correct Fuel
Your fuel system freezing will leave you dead in the water and without heat. If your vehicle is diesel, then it may be smart to switch over to an Alpine-mix diesel for the time being. If you’re using a bi-fuel system, ensure you have it switched over to petrol.
Top off your fuel and bring a gas can. If you get stuck somewhere in the snow, you are going to want to be able to run the heat in your car, without adequate fuel to keep the engine running you can be looking at a dangerous situation.
3. Check your Battery
If you have a battery over a few years old, or one that is being temperamental, you should probably replace it before taking any trips. Cold weather requires more from your battery, and is often too much for those on their last legs to cope with. Bring jumper cables as well in case the worst happens.