Winter Driving Tips 2019
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
There are steps you can take to be prepared for a NH winter. Winter car preparation is crucial for staying safe in cold weather emergencies on the road.
Make sure your vehicle is tuned up
Check out a mechanic and ask them to inspect your vehicle. Examples of common problems are, badly worn hoses, needed parts, repairs and replacements. Damages from the winter cold can expedite any issues to cause you problems on the road. It is best to have them taken care of before the winter is in full swing.
Winter cold brings low tire pressure. Monitor your tire pressure light in your vehicle and make sure all your tires are filled up to the recommended inflation level provided by the manufacturer of your vehicle. No matter what season, make sure to check your tires at least once a month. Below is a good guide to keep in mind when checking the tread of your tires:
6/32" or higher: Your tire’s tread depth is sufficient.
5/32": If snow-covered roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires.
4/32": If you frequently drive on wet roads, consider replacing your tires.
3/32": It’s time to start shopping for new tires. They are close to being worn out.
2/32" or lower: Your tires are legally bald, and it’s time to replace them.
Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s manual
One of the things that you should keep in your car all the time is the owner’s manual. This instructional book is important especially when the car is new and you are still not familiar with it, but also later, as it provides useful information about the car’s features as well as important troubleshooting advice.
Stock up on winter vehicle essentials
If a Nor’easter is on its way, it’s best to be prepared so you may handle any situation. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Things to consider having in your vehicle:
Ice scraper/snow brush – this item is key to keep in your vehicle during winter. Any obstructions of view while driving can be very dangerous, snow debris can also cause problems for other drivers. Make sure to clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle before heading out; it is the law in NH. Learn more on Jessica's Law. Also, check out some of the best Ice Scrapers here.
Shovel – we all have or may be in a situation where our vehicles become stuck in the snow. Best to have a shovel with you, even a small collapsible one. Rock salt or kitty litter… that’s right kitty litter is also a good item to have in your possession because these coarse materials will help your tires gain traction if your vehicle is stuck in the snow.
Gloves and Winter Clothing – Not everyone wants to be outside in the cold but if you need to use some of the items listed above, you will need to have winter clothing. It’s much better tackling winter snow removal and challenges when you are warm!
A blanket, flashlight, reflector flares, first aid kit, windshield washer fluid, cell phone charger, basic tool kit, water and jumper cables are all items you should keep in your vehicle no matter what the season.