Wisconsin winters pose many problems, especially if you drive a car. Below freezing temperatures lead to deflated tires and dead batteries. Not only that, but according to the Department of Transportation, icy roads account for 13 percent of all weather-related crashes.
If you own a car, continue reading to learn about a few tips for preparing your vehicle for winter driving. It might cost you a few extra dollars in the short term, but you will save on expensive repairs from automobile accidents and towing fees in the long run.
Keep your tires inflated
Tires do not want to stay inflated in the winter, particularly below 32 degrees. Thirty-two degrees constitutes a heatwave in Green Bay, so you better check your tire pressure at least once per week. Low tire pressure not only decreases your ability to control your vehicle in adverse conditions but also lowers your gas mileage and causes more wear on your tires.
Inspect your battery
Heading into January, the temperature is only going to drop. If you have not checked the battery in your car, now is a good time to do it. Motor oil thickens in the cold weather, so your engine needs to work harder to start. Therefore, batteries tend to die in cold weather. If you have any doubts about your car battery, bring it to a professional for an inspection.
Install winter tires
It is a good idea to invest in a set of winter tires. They help your car maintain traction and keep your vehicle from skidding when you hit the brakes.
This article is not an exhaustive list for safe winter driving. However, it is a good start. Green Bay residents should take winter driving seriously and adequately maintain their automobiles.