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Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips

Tip 1: Check Your Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires

If you have a car, chances are you also have a tire-pressure gauge.
If you have a car, chances are you also have a tire-pressure gauge.
2008 HowStuffWorks

Wet or icy roads can cause dangerous accidents in the winter, so it's very important to make sure your tires are equipped to handle adverse weather conditions. If you choose to use regular tires on your car, check the air pressure on each tire. Deflated tires close up the tread and significantly decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of sliding on icy patches. Many gas stations have the tools available for you to check tire pressure, and it costs nothing or next to nothing to fill your tires with the right amount of air -- again, the owner's manual should list the suggested pounds per square inch. Here are some other tire tips and suggestions:

  • Some people also keep salt in their cars -- if your car is stuck in snow or on ice, sprinkling salt in front of your tires can offer some more traction and get things moving.
  • If you ever find yourself skidding on an icy road, don't put on the brakes, even if your instincts tell you to do so. Instead, take your foot off of the accelerator and guide your car to safety by turning the wheel in the opposite direction you're skidding.
  • If you live in an area that gets hit particularly hard in the wintertime, purchasing snow or winter tires and replacing regular tires can be helpful, as they offer improved traction, braking and control.

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  • MacDonald, Jay. "Prepping the car for adverse weather." CNNMoney.com. Dec. 13, 2006. http://www.bankrate.com/cnn/news/auto/20061213_winterizing_car_a1.asp
  • "Auto maintenance: checking your battery." Auto Repair for Dummies. http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/Auto-Maintenance-Checking-Your-Car-Battery.id-427.html
  • "How to winterize your car." DMV.org. http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/winterize-car.php

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