Despite the few cold fronts recently, frigid weather is coming. Maintaining your vehicle properly is especially important in freezing temperatures, as such temperatures exacerbate any issues your vehicle already has. “Winterizing” a vehicle can seem like an impossible feat, but by following the simple steps outlined below, you can make sure you are ready to drive, no matter how frosty the temperature.
If you do nothing else, make sure your tires have enough life in them to survive the slippery roads of the winter months. The easiest way to check if your tires are still in good working order is the “penny test.” Take a penny and insert it into the treat with President Lincoln’s head upside down. If the tread does not reach the top of Lincoln’s hairline, then it is time for new tires. While you may be tempted to put off the expense, the risk that bald tires imposes is not worth it. Depending on where you live, you may wish to consider switching to snow tires for the winter months.
Next, if your vehicle is older, it is a good idea to have a mechanic check it out. Specifically, have the mechanic pay attention to the brakes, ignition, hoses and fan belts, battery, distributor, antifreeze level, air filter, fuel filter and wiring. In frigid temperatures, batteries are one of the first parts to die. Thus, make sure that even if your battery is in good working order, that you always carry jumper cables in the event of an emergency.
When you are preparing your vehicle for the winter season, do not neglect your seat belts. Though we often don’t think about it, seat belts get wear and tear like all other parts of a vehicle. Safety Restore can help you find seat belts to match the ones you already have, or upgrade to colored seat belts. Safety Restore offers colored seat belts in exotic colors like pink, green, red, orange, purple and many more. Colored seat belts can change the feel of your vehicle’s interior by adding personality and luxury to any vehicle. Safety Restore only uses seat belt webbing that meets or exceed Federal Guidelines for all their products, including colored seat belts. With a 24-hour turnaround time, your colored seat belts will leave you a satisfied customer, guaranteed! Whether your seat belts are worn or damage, or you simply want a change, contact Safety Restore about colored seat belts today!