For those who live in Massachusetts, will know how frightful the Winter weather can be, especially in the mornings driving on the road. It’s important to keep your car in good condition but did you know certain habits that you are doing can potentially cost you and the automobile more money to fix without knowing? Here are some habits you should avoid.
1. Forgetting to change your windshield wipers. One of the easiest changes to make that is often neglected by car owners. If you start to see the wipers not doing their job, it’s a sign to change them right away as it is vital to keep a clear sight when on the road.
2. Warming the car for too long. We get it, you want to climb into your car feeling nice and warm before driving, however, leaving your car running for more than a few minutes can cause buildup on the spark plugs and also waste gas as engines are not designed to idle for long periods of time.
3. Continuing to use Summer tires during Winter. Summer tires are not designed to drive through the winter and when the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the ice on the road will weaken your summer tires which leads to poor handling and braking.
4. Forgetting to check the tire pressure. We constantly remind our clients to check their tires every season as winter will work your tires the most. Carry an emergency kit in the car is the best way to be prepared all year round.
5. Pouring hot water on the windshield. One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to deice their windshield, especially if you have a small crack in the glass as hot water will make the crack expand.
6. Slamming your brakes too hard. Accidents during the cold weather happen when someone loses control of their car from pressing the brake too hard. To avoid a costly accident, stay calm, and remember to gently turn the steering wheel in the direction you are sliding and tap the brake lightly.
7. Speeding. No matter how experienced you may think you are, speeding during the winter is asking for trouble. Overconfidence can potentially cause you a serious crash. Don’t be that person.