Winter weather vehicle survival tips

Winter is a great time of year when people get to travel, and spend time with family for the holidays. With winter comes dangerous road conditions and needed precautions to compensate for the changing weather. With the winter months among us, Chapman Hyundai is here to ensure that your vehicle provides you with quality, sustainability and safety, even when the temperature drops.

First, visit your local service center to guarantee your battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater and brakes are all in working order. Regular maintenance is vital to a car’s sustainability and is easy to manage when it revolves around the change of the seasons.

Your windshield wipers are your best ally during the winter. Your service dealer can replace them easily (and inexpensively). They’ll wipe away the frost buildup on your windshield and provide you with the peace of mind. Also, check the nozzles of your windshield-washer system to confirm there is a sufficient amount of cleaning fluid. The monsoon season is notorious for its dust and oftentimes the nozzles will have build-up. Clean them easily with a needle pin.

To that end, your tires will be your second-best ally. Make certain that the tread on your tires hasn’t been worn out by the heat during the summer months. The traction will provide you with ample safety, especially during road trips in elevated or curvy terrain.Check road conditions before taking off. The Department of Transportation in your state will have up to date warnings and alerts on their website as well as a hotline you can call.

While we care about providing you with ample information to prepare your car for winter, we care even more about YOU and your safety.

We’ve created a packing list for road trips that includes your beloved sled, as well as some tools to keep you safe (and warm):

1 First aid kit

2 Snow/ice scraper

3 Car cellular phone charger

4 Flashlights and spare batteries

5 Bottled water and nonperishable snacks (granola bars, almonds and peanuts are good sources of carbohydrates and protein)

6 2-3 gallons of gas

7 We saved the best for last: hot cocoa, a sled and your earmuffs!

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