PIEDMONT TRIAD, N.C -- Winter weather is approaching and it's important to make sure your car is ready for drop in temperature!
Here's a list of tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to be safe when you are out on the road this winter:
1. Get a vehicle check up. Make sure your vehicle is check thoroughly for fluid leaks and any other needed parts, repairs or replacements.
2. Have your starting system battery checked for sufficient voltage. Battery power drops when temperatures drop.
3. Make sure there is enough coolant in the vehicle.
4. Flush the engine cooling system if it hasn't been in a few years.
5. Check windshield wipers and defrosters work properly.
6. Remove all snow and ice from roof, hood, windows and mirrors before driving.
7. Check tire pressure. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended inflation pressure. It's listed on the owner's manual.
8.Keep a tire pressure gauge in the vehicle. Check the pressure when tires are cold. This means the car hasn't been driven for at least three hours.
9. Check the tire tread depth. Make sure the appropriate tires are on the car.
10. Stock the vehicle with the essentials: shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, warning devices, blankets, cell phone, water, food and necessary medicines incase stranded.
11. Wait until weather condition improve before driving.
12. If stranded, don't turn the vehicle for long periods with the windows up to avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Clear the exhaust pipe.
NHTS, WFMY News 2