Driving in the winter in the Chappaqua area is, unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to find out there’s something wrong with your car. It’s also one of the easiest ways to create problems for your car. More wrecks happen in the winter and in the unsure snowy driving conditions that are so familiar in that season. But, if you’re like us, you’d rather prepare for your winter driving issues before they arise, rather than let them hit you out of the blue. But how can you really prepare for unpleasant and unpredictable weather conditions? Let’s take a look. 

Get to Know Your Car

If you just purchased a new vehicle this year, that’s excellent, but you likely don’t know everything about your car yet. It’s important to take the time to familiarize yourself with what it’s going to be like during the winter and what sort of amenities it has to make driving in the winter easier. For example, if you know your car has 4×4 that you can switch on and off, it’ll be important to know where that on and off switch is on the control panel. Knowing other details like if it has electronic stability control or anti-lock brakes is also important as those will make it easier to drive in unpleasant conditions if the opportunity should arise and you use those features correctly. If you’re visiting somewhere and you see snow or icy conditions on the weather forecast, take a moment to familiarize yourself with these features in a foreign car as they could be the difference between life and death. 

Stock Your Vehicle Properly

You’ve likely heard stories of people getting stranded in the snowy wilderness and it taking some time for rescue personnel to get to them. Don’t be like the guy who survived on taco bell seasoning for days in his snowed-in car, instead, pack your car with various winter essentials now so if you’re ever in a tight spot, you’ll be prepared. Include the normal winter accessories like a snow shovel, a broom, and an ice scraper, but also consider tucking in a baggy of kitty litter in case your vehicle is stuck in the snow. You should always have some jumper cables, a flashlight, and emergency marker lights in your car, no matter the season, but you could also add a few blankets, water, some dry food like crackers and some spare necessary medication in the car as well. Including a cell phone charger in this list of items would also, likely be a smart idea so you can stay in touch with the outside world as long as possible. 

Get Your Car Serviced Beforehand

If you’re concerned about the winter conditions in the Chappaqua area, it’s never too late to get your car serviced. Bringing your vehicle in for a regular check-up makes sure there are no problems you might discover while stuck in a blizzard on perilous roads. At Auto Center, we’ll check for leaks, worn hoses, needed parts, your brake maintenance needs and so much more to ensure that you’re safe the next time you start up your engine and get on the road. Schedule a winter check-up today to get started.