Driving Safety During the Winter

Posted on September 11th, 2023 by ncapmanage

Winter Driving Tips from New Cats Auto Parts

We all know that winters in Chicago can be brutal, with challenging and hazardous driving conditions. At New Cats Auto Parts, we always offer a wide inventory of essential engine, transmission, and body parts. But we also prioritize your safety and security on the road.

To help you navigate the coming winter months safely, we’ve put together some valuable winter driving tips and recommendations.

Getting Your Vehicle Winter-Ready

If you haven’t already, here are some crucial steps to prepare for the toughest driving conditions in snow and ice:

  • Check Your Battery: Ensure your battery is fully charged and in optimal condition. Winter significantly strains battery power, so consider replacing it if it’s around three years old.
  • Maintain a Full Gas Tank: Keeping your gas tank full, or at least nearly full, prevents your gas line from freezing during severe winter weather.
  • Change Your Oil: As winter temperatures drop, switch to a thinner-grade oil to maintain engine efficiency in cold weather.
  • Use the Right Wiper Fluid: Opt for wiper fluid containing antifreeze to prevent freezing in the reservoir or on your windshield.
  • Inspect Wiper Blades: Winter conditions can be tough on wiper blades, potentially causing damage to your windshield. Regularly check and replace them when needed.
  • Clear Entire Windshield: Don’t just clear a small patch of ice in front of the steering wheel; clear the entire windshield for a clear line of sight. Use a windshield-specific ice scraper to avoid glass damage.
  • Check Exhaust Pipe: Ensure your exhaust pipe is clear to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the vehicle cabin.
  • Check the Brakes: Your brakes are especially crucial when winter driving conditions make stopping more difficult. Have your mechanic check your brake system to ensure it’s in good working order.
  • Monitor Tire Tread and Pressure: Regularly check the tire treads for adequate grip on icy roads and maintain proper tire pressure, as it tends to drop in winter. Consider switching to snow tires if you do a lot of highway or off-road driving.
  • Prepare for Emergencies: It’s a good idea to equip your vehicle with essential emergency items, including kitty litter for traction, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, bottled water, and non-perishable food items.
  • Charge Your Phone: Make sure your phone is fully charged and bring an emergency charger for extended periods of time on the road because of bad weather and difficult road conditions.

New Cats Auto Parts – Your Trusted Source for Used Auto Parts in Chicago

We hope these winter safe driving tips help you stay safe during the upcoming season. When you require auto parts or want to get rid of a rusting vehicle, remember that New Cats Auto Parts is your top choice.

We offer an extensive selection of used parts for domestic and foreign models and even purchase junk cars and trucks. We’ll pay you in cash and haul that old junker away for you!

For all your automotive needs, whether finding quality used parts or disposing of an old vehicle, contact New Cats Auto Parts, and let’s make a deal today!

Stay safe on Chicagoland’s winter streets and roads with New Cats Auto Parts by your side.