You may not have to deal with harsh midwestern winters (let’s face it, many of us moved to the desert to escape that kind of harsh weather, and aren’t above gloating about our fantastic skies this time of year to friends on Facebook) but it does get cold here in the Valley, and that means you need to make sure your vehicle is ready for nighttime temps in the 30s and 40s, and for the occasional trek to Flagstaff or the White Mountains to play in the snow.
Ric’s has some tips to get your ride winter-ready:
- Make sure your fluids are good to go. Check your motor oil and antifreeze and make sure they can handle the colder temps.
- Inspect your wiper blades and windshield solvent, to be ready for heavy rains and snow.
- Ensure your lights are in working order, all around your vehicle: headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals all need to be in tip-top shape this time of year and can be seen by other drivers when visibility is low.
- Check your thermostat, heater, defroster, battery, ignition, brakes and exhaust system, Make sure belts and hoses are in good working order, as well, especially after working overtime this past summer.
- If you do head to the high country, make sure you use snow tires, chains or studded tires as recommended for driving on snowy, icy roads. Studded tires are permitted on Arizona highways from Oct. 1 to May 1. Go to ADOT’s website to learn more about how to handle winter weather.
- If you do head north, play it smart. Plan your route in advance, notify someone of those plans and expected arrival time, make sure your gas tank is topped off and keep it three-quarters full. Log onto az511.gov or call 511 for updated road and weather conditions.
Of course, Ric’s wishes you safe travels, but if you do find yourself in a fender bender this winter, contact us to learn more about how our pros can get your vehicle back on the road again, better than ever.