Is your car winter weather prepared?
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – An old Cliche says everyone forgets how to drive in the snow…until it returns and we get a crash course reminder.
With the snowflakes and ice that fell this week, Triple A says that now is the time for drivers to get into the winter driving mindset.
“We don’t typically see this much winter weather in Tennessee, so when it does happen we do need that crash course reminder because we’re not used to driving in snow and ice all of the time unlike other parts of the country. With winter on the way, it’s important to take some time to prepare yourself mentally but also go ahead and prepare your vehicle,” says Megan Cooper, AAA Spokesperson.
Some of the things you can do to better prepare your vehicle for winter weather is to put together a Winter emergency car kit. Some of the items you should include might be jump cables, road flares, a first aid kit, warm clothes and warm blanket. Once finished with your emergency kit, you should head out and inspect your vehicle.
“Make sure all of your lights on your vehicle are functioning properly. Check your headlights, check brake lights, your emergency flashers just to make sure they are functioning. Take a look at your windshield wipers. You want to make sure when you turn them on, they are completely clearing the windshield,” says Cooper.
Officials want to remind drivers about the importance of routinely checking all the tires on your vehicle.
“Tires can take a hit from the cold weather. The weather can compress that air in those tires and leave you with a little bit lower tire pressure. Also take a look at your tread depth, you want to make sure you have enough grip on the roadway. If you don’t, that’s where things can get a little tricky,” says Cooper.
Officials say tailgating is always discouraged and drivers should remember that bridges and ramps freeze first and become icy and dangerous.
For more information on how to handle winter weather from the driver’s seat click here.